Kabel Deutschland (KDG) has successfully trialled a download speed of 1,170 Mbit/s on its cable network.
The test run, which - according to the company - marks, as a world premiere, the first time a cable operator has achieved such a data rate, was carried out in conjunction with technology provider Cisco using the DOCSIS 3.0 standard on part of KDG’s cable network in Hamburg which has been upgraded for a bandwidth of 862 MHz.
In Hamburg, the customers of Germany’s largest cable company can already surf the net with a data rate of up to 100 Mbps/s along with accessing more than 100 digital and 32 analogue TV channels in parallel.
“It will take several years until services and content will become available on the internet through which our customers will really be able to make full use of the performance capacity of 1 Gbps,” said Lorenz Glatz, Chief Technology Officer of KDG. “If you take into consideration that the average bandwidth requirement of a household from 2006 to 2010 has increased by 500%, then the question is no longer whether, but when exactly this time will come. The cable network is already technically ready for it.”