CableLabs paves the path to 10G, delivering several new innovations in 2021

Key advancements have been made in tenets of the 10G platform including capacity, security and speed

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Jan. 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CableLabs®, the leading innovation and research and development lab for the cable industry, today highlighted the significant progress it made this year toward building technologies and specifications for the 10G network, which will deliver internet speeds 10 times faster than today’s networks and 100 times faster than what most consumers currently experience. 

"With faster symmetrical speeds, lower latency, enhanced reliability and improved security, the emerging 10G network will truly power the next generation of innovation,” said Phil McKinney, CableLabs president and CEO. “Alongside our members and other industry leaders, we are proud of the advancements we’ve made, and we look forward to continued industry collaboration on our path to bringing the network of the future to life.”

Continuing to move everyone closer to a 10G experience, CableLabs has developed technologies that fall under the platform’s key tenets including capacity, security and speed.

Improved Capacity 
Increasing the number of bits per second that are delivered to subscribers can improve download and upload speed, a primary objective for the 10G platform. As data demands increase, many operators are considering increasing capacity on the existing optical access network. To help operators better meet that demand, CableLabs recently published its first set of specifications for a new device, called the Coherent Termination Device, that enables operators to take advantage of coherent optics technologies in fiber-limited access networks. Typically used for long-haul, metro and submarine networks, coherent optics technologies enable operators to use their existing fiber assets more efficiently when teamed with wavelength-division multiplexing in the optical access network. 

Robust Device Security
The 10G platform aims to protect increasingly complex home and business networks. With secure cable modems, integrated access points/gateways and home routers continuously serving as targets for malicious activity and other cyber threats, CableLabs released a set of Best Common Practices (BCP). The BCP document was written, with input and support from CableLabs members and vendors, to ensure a globally consistent and robust baseline for gateway device security and an ontology for simplified communication and procurement between network operators and device manufacturers. 

Increased Speed
A rapid increase in speed allows internet data to travel faster, opening the doors for new experiences. In 2021, CableLabs member, Comcast, successfully transmitted 4 gigabits-per-second upload and download speeds simultaneously in a live lab test, effectively proving out the superior performance offered by the DOCSIS® 4.0 specifications. The first-of-its-kind test demonstrated the potential for DOCSIS technology to deliver the next generation of ultra-fast speeds. Comcast also completed a successful test of a complete 10G connection using a virtualized cable modem termination system (vCMTS) powered by DOCSIS 4.0 technology.

CableLabs member, Charter Communications, recently demonstrated greater than 8.5 Gbps downstream and 6 Gbps upstream on hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) cable plant. The lab demonstration shows the massive capacity available through incremental upgrades to an existing HFC plant.

Additionally, CableLabs member, Armstrong, recently launched a 10-gigabit fiber-optic network in Medina, Ohio, providing 10G access to more than 3000 businesses and residences in the area. With this deployment, Armstrong is the first operator bringing the faster speeds, lower latency, enhanced reliability and improved security that 10G enables to residential customers. 

Advancing 10G Innovation
To continue innovation momentum, CableLabs recently launched the 10G Challenge to accelerate the work of innovators, startups, students and entrepreneurs in their development of applications for the 10G network. With total prize monies of more than $300,000, the 10G Challenge is designed to inspire innovators to leverage the emerging 10G network. The 10G Challenge is powered by CableLabs and will be judged in part by industry experts Mayo ClinicCorning and Zoom to support developing technologies, services and applications that rely on the network of the future. Six winners will be chosen, and the Grand Prize Winner and category winners will have the opportunity to present their technologies at SCTE® Cable-Tec Expo® 2022.

“While we don’t know what the future holds, we do know that the internet will play a vital role in shaping it,” continued McKinney. “As our everyday lives become increasingly digitized, reliability, security, speed and latency take on increased importance. The immersive and interactive experiences the 10G platform will unlock depend on these innovations to create a better future for humanity.”

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About CableLabs
As the leading innovation and R&D lab for the cable industry, CableLabs creates global impact through its member companies around the world and its subsidiaries, Kyrio and SCTE. With a state-of-the-art research and innovation facility and collaborative ecosystem with thousands of vendors, CableLabs delivers impactful network technologies for the entire industry.