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More HD, More Fiber, More MoCA, More DOCSIS 3.0…

This was a big week for broadband. The combined news of growth in HD, FTTH, Multimedia-over-Coax (MoCA) technology and DOCSIS 3.0 deployments shows just how important broadband infrastructure has become. Sure, the financial markets may knock things back a bit, but our growing dependence on broadband suggests that the industry isn’t likely to slow to a crawl. We have too much riding – literally – on our broadband pipes.

More HD

According to research firm iSuppli, shipments of HDTVs shot past shipments of standard-def televisions in 2008. The forecast is for HDTV shipments to increase to 241.2 million by 2012.

More Fiber

Fiber is growing as a share of broadband access technologies around the world, according to the latest report from the OECD (via GigaOM). Both Japan and Korea have more fiber-based broadband connections than anything else, 45% and 39% respectively. In the US, 3% of connections are fiber-to-the-home.

More MoCA

Broadcom is getting in on the MoCA game with integration of the technology into its latest modem, router and set-top chipsets. Verizon currently uses MoCA for its multi-room DVR service. Will more operators finally start offering in-home TV networking? Broadcom seems to be betting on it.

More DOCSIS 3.0

Comcast made a big splash this week by extending its DOCSIS 3.0 deployments into Boston and Philadelphia. With the technology comes a new tier of service: 50 Mbps downstream and 10 Mbps upstream.

3 Responses

  1. […] broadband via fiber has rocketed to more than 45 million. That’s in six years! According to last month’s OECD report, fiber’s share of the broadband market keeps growing too. In Japan, 45% of broadband […]

  2. […] months of watching news on Comcast’s DOCSIS 3.0 deployments, it finally occurred to me to troll around online to see how subscribers are responding to the new […]

  3. […] on December 12, 2008 by Mari Silbey After what seemed like a lot of hurry up and wait, suddenly DOCSIS 3.0 services are popping up everywhere. Comcast has sped up deployments to make its goal of having DOCSIS 3.0 rolled out across 20% of its […]

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