ARRIS has announced that in conjunction with South Korea’s SK Broadband, it has successfully bonded 16 downstream channels to deliver data throughput speeds of up to 800 Mbps in SK Broadband’s labs, using an ARRIS C4 CMTS with Software Release 7.4 and an SK Broadband 16×4 modem.
“The ability to deliver 800 Mbps will enable cable operators to offer service that is competitive with operators using fiber to the premises and passive optical networks,” said ARRIS CTO Ken Wright, in a statement. “By delivering this service over existing hybrid fiber coaxial infrastructure, cable operators will be able to deliver a competitive service offering without making substantial investments in network upgrades.”
The Korean telecommunications market is one of the world’s most demanding environments for service providers. Continuing increases in over-the-top video consumption are driving the need for an ever-expanding supply of bandwidth, both residentially as well as for business customers. Telco providers continue to offer increased bandwidth tiers, and cable operators like SK Broadband must compete.