Cable MSOs upgrading network to push fast broadband
Hathway first to use DOCSIS 3.0 to deliver upto 50Mbps broadband
India's first Docsis 3.0 ultra high speed broadband network was launched in South Mumbai by Hathway Cable and Datacom, ahead of a wider geographical roll-out. DOCSIS is a standard that permits the addition of high-speed data transfer to a cable TV system.
Jagdish Kumar, managing director and CEO, Hathway Cable & Datacom, said: "With our DOCSIS 3.0 network supplied by Cisco we are ready to deliver ultra high speed broadband up to 50Mbps to every retail customer in South Mumbai. We will soon be launching Docsis 3.0 networks in other parts of the country. We are enabling our network for delivering a superior HD video experience on our cable TV as well as on broadband."
Hathway's Docsis 3.0 access starts at Rs.599 rising to Rs.1499 for the 50Mbps plan
Cisco is in talks with cable TV firms for broadband technology: "We foresee a lot of partnerships to happen between telecom companies and cable firms because MSOs have video content on their side" Sanjay Rohatgi, Managing Director, Service Provider, Cisco India and SAARC, told Business Line. The company has roped in its venture capital fund unit Cisco Capital to finance the technology upgrade to two-way communications required for Internet services.
"There are several State-level cable operators who reach upto millions of users. These cables can be used for broadband services but the problem is that existing technology on these networks allows only one-way transmission required for broadcasting TV channels"
According to Rohatgi, a number of MSOs are already investing on setting up a subscriber management system for direct billing arrangement with consumers.
The recent move to digitise cable TV is also helping MSOs to move into the broadband space. Digitisation uses compression technology thus creating more space for television channels, value-added services and broadband. Cisco has been one of the major players in the digitisation drive. There are 30 million homes with a Cisco set top box. Here too the company is using Cisco Capital where MSOs are allowed to lease set top boxes on a dollar-per-subscriber-per month model.
Based on story in Business Line
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