Cable operators showcase ‘future of broadband’ at CES

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Cable operators and industry groups came together in Las Vegas this month for the Consumer Electronics Show, where the key focus was ten-gigabit networks, or 10G.

This technology is set to enable a big improvement from current one-gigabit offerings to speeds of ten gigabits and beyond, which will be available to consumers across the United States and around the globe.

Intel will have a key part to play in the transition, delivering 10G-ready connections between network infrastructure and home gateways.

Laboratory trials of the key technologies required to enable the increase in speeds are already underway, with field tests due to begin in 2020.

Implementation will be driven by US cable operators whose networks currently cover 85 per cent of homes across the country, such as Comcast, Mediacom, Midco and Charter.

International companies like Vodafone, Taiwan Broadband Communications and Telecom Argentina will also be involved in the transition to 10G.

Michael Powell, chief executive and president of NCTA – The Internet & Television Association, said this new technology has the potential to deliver "groundbreaking, scalable capacity and speeds".

He added: "The 10G platform is the wired network of the future that will power the digital experiences and imaginations of consumers for years to come.

"As an industry, we are dedicated to delivering an exceptional national infrastructure that will power digital advancement and propel our innovation economy into the future."

NCTA stressed that the foundation of 10G is "already proven", with cable networks offering one-gigabit speeds already available across 80 per cent of the US, up from only five per cent in 2016.

In a recent blog post on its work in this area, Intel said 10G access networks leverage a range of next-generation technologies, combined with modern hybrid fibre coaxial networks. This means it can be delivered to hundreds of millions of households worldwide.