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Gigasphere: The Technology Behind Gigabit Broadband

Gigasphere: The Technology Behind Gigabit Broadband

Gigasphere

Recently we announced “Gigasphere,” the new consumer-facing name representing DOCSIS 3.1 technology. DOCSIS 3.1 is the technology specifications developed by CableLabs that enables broadband speeds up to 10 gigabits per second, reduces network delays due to congestion, and improves cable modem energy efficiency. For something so impressive, it certainly deserves a better name than DOCSIS 3.1 – hence Gigasphere.

Now we’re pleased to take the cover off of a brand new microsite featuring the story behind (and revealing the future of) super speeds through Gigasphere technology.

“The same cable that we now use for broadband can be re-engineered to deliver multi-gig speeds”

Gigasphere.com asks the question, how do you use the Internet today? Since broadband was introduced almost twenty years ago, our broadband needs have expanded exponentially. Streaming video, online gaming, telemedicine, and the Internet of Things have transformed how we see the Internet and have challenged how we deliver it. With Gigasphere technology, the same cable that we now use for broadband can be re-engineered to deliver multi-gig speeds and expansive capacities capable of catapulting us well into the future. Though Gigasphere is still in development, ISPs are already adopting the technology and plan on deploying soon.

But even before then, cable ISPs are jumping headfirst into gigabit broadband. Just last week we reported that Comcast announced a new fiber-to-the-home solution that will deliver up to two gig broadband to select communities, starting with Atlanta. It doesn’t use Gigasphere, but according to Comcast, Gigasphere will offer scalable next-gen gigabit capabilities starting in 2016 to all Comcast customers. That’s on top of Brighthouse’s announcement to bring gigabit broadband to Tampa and Cox, which is already offering gig service to Southern California and soon to Phoenix.

However it comes, gigabit broadband is coming. And it’s coming soon.