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Adelphia Plans Two "Extreme" Data TiersAdelphia Plans Two "Extreme" Data Tiers

Adelphia Plans Two "Extreme" Data Tiers

Alan Breznick

May 27, 2005

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Adelphia Plans Two "Extreme" Data Tiers

Despite its pending breakup, Adelphia Communications is planning to launch two new superfast broadband service tiers later this year. Speaking at a CableLabs media briefing in New York earlier this week, Marwan Fawaz, chief technology officer and senior vice president of engineering and technology for Adelphia, said the MSO will roll out the two "extreme" data tiers in select markets sometime this summer. The two tiers will offer transmission speeds of 10 Mbps downstream/1 Mbps upstream and 15 Mbps downstream/2 Mbps upstream, respectively. Fawaz didn't disclose the prices for the tiers or Adelphia's initial markets. Adelphia intends to make the move while CableLabs continues to craft its much anticipated DOCSIS 3.0 spec, which will enable cable operators to send data at speeds of 100 Mbps or more through the use of 'channel-bonding.' While welcoming the move, Fawaz said MSOs need not wait for the expected adoption of the 3.0 spec early next year to boost their cable modem speeds now. "We can do higher speeds with [DOCSIS] 2.0," he said. "There's still a lot of juice left with 2.0 that'll take us till [CableLabs] gets 3.0 ready."

About the Author(s)

Alan Breznick

Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

Alan Breznick is a business editor and research analyst who has tracked the cable, broadband and video markets like an over-bred bloodhound for more than 20 years.

As a senior analyst at Light Reading's research arm, Heavy Reading, for six years, Alan authored numerous reports, columns, white papers and case studies, moderated dozens of webinars, and organized and hosted more than 15 -- count 'em --regional conferences on cable, broadband and IPTV technology topics. And all this while maintaining a summer job as an ostrich wrangler.

Before that, he was the founding editor of Light Reading Cable, transforming a monthly newsletter into a daily website. Prior to joining Light Reading, Alan was a broadband analyst for Kinetic Strategies and a contributing analyst for One Touch Intelligence.

He is based in the Toronto area, though is New York born and bred. Just ask, and he will take you on a power-walking tour of Manhattan, pointing out the tourist hotspots and the places that make up his personal timeline: The bench where he smoked his first pipe; the alley where he won his first fist fight. That kind of thing.

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