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by Mike Zazaian September 5, 2006 - 9:25pm, No Comments

DOCSIS 3.0

Upcoming ethernet interface DOCSIS 3.0 facilitates four times faster internet over today’s broadband connections.

An acronym for Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications, DOCSIS 3.0 will mark the next milestone in how we use the internet. Boasting download speeds of up to 160 Mbps (millions of bits per second, not to be confused with megabytes per second), and upload speeds of 120 Mbps, marking a four-fold increase over today’s current high-speed standards. Using a process called “Channel Bonding,” DOCSIS gets its marked speed boost by utilizing multiple channels of data transfer rather than just one.

Initial applications of the technology will be seen by 2007, but it should be a long road before DOCSIS becomes standard. While necessary hardware can be installed right on top of pre-existing cable internet systems, users will have to replace both their routers and cable modems to facilitate the change. Industry analyst Michael Arden predicts that DOCSIS will have 60 percent market penetration by 2011.

Via Ars Technica