In 2019, the cable industry announced 10G, an industry-wide commitment to delivering superfast, low latency networks that will reach 10 Gbps speeds in the coming years. Fast forward a few years later, and some major milestones have already been reached on the path to 10G. From Mediacom’s unleashing of the 10G Smart Home to Comcast's groundbreaking test of the Full Duplex DOCSIS technology that supports multigigabit upload and download speeds, cable internet service providers are working to deliver the kinds of next-generation services that will enable life-changing technologies and applications for Americans.
Currently, over 80% of American homes now have access to service of at least 1 Gbps. That’s already a lightning-fast speed, but with some new technology innovations in the works, it’s only the beginning.
In fact, Comcast recently announced the results of the test that achieved a 10 Gbps connection from network to device. Engineers believe it is the first time that a virtualized cable modem termination system (vCMTS) has been powered by Full Duplex DOCSIS 4.0 technology.
10G will power the future, whether it’s remote work, distance learning, streaming media, or another new technology that’s yet to be invented. And while 10G will revolutionize what is possible, it is also estimated to deliver $330 billion to the American economy.
Many technologies that could make use of a 10G connection haven’t been invented yet, which is why CableLabs and SCTE have announced the 10G Challenge. The contest seeks new services, applications, or technologies that make the most of the super high-capacity connection of 10G. For more information, check out the 10G Challenge website.
And for more detailed technology milestones on the road to 10G, go to the 10G website.