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Cable Industry Prepares for the Future with 10G Network
What Does the Future of Connectivity Look Like?
Technology continually reshapes the way we live. In just the last two years, "home" has been redefined. For millions of people, the home is now a virtual workplace, school, doctor's office, and entertainment space all at the same time. And as technologies advance and even more everyday activities move online, the number of connected devices which communicate seamlessly with one another with grow exponentially. This is the smart home that’s been touted for years.
But powering our smart homes will require a broadband network with the speed, capacity, reliability, and security to support these digital ambitions. Fortunately, the cable industry has long prepared its broadband networks to support multi-person households and the myriad of digital needs that lie ahead. In fact, cable operators are ahead of the curve with developments underway to bring 10 gigabit speeds to households across the country.
How much is 10 gigabits?
Let’s take a look at the difference between gigabits and megabits. To break it down, one gigabit transmits one billion bits per second, while one megabit transmits one million bits per second. This means gigabits transfer exponentially greater amounts of data (1 gigabit = 1000 megabits), providing the capabilities we need for video streaming, virtual reality, live gaming, and more.
While we've come a long way since the early days of broadband, our dependence on the internet has intensified, and it is imperative that modern networks are built to stay ahead of our digital demands. Cable providers have recognized the need for faster, more reliable network connections and are working on a 10G platform to meet these demands.
The 10G initiative aims to provide 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) internet speed—ten times faster than today's network speeds. This platform will provide the low latency, high capacity, and secure network we need to drive innovations in areas like remote work and distance learning, and it will supercharge future technologies like autonomous vehicles and live gaming experiences.
Major Milestones in 10G Connectivity
So, how close are we to achieving 10G speeds? The good news is that the technology to make it happen is already in the development stage and superfast speeds have been demonstrated in a laboratory setting. Comcast was able to transmit symmetrical 4 Gbps upload and download speeds, and then Charter Communications successfully demonstrated speeds of 8.5 Gbps downstream and 6 Gbps upstream on a network similar to those used by millions of Americans.
These lab tests prove just how promising this technology will be in delivering super-fast internet speeds to homes across America. And the industry continues to develop the technologies that will enable the current infrastructure to support the growing demands for broadband.
The Cable Industry's Solution for the Future
Looking at what the cable industry has already achieved with broadband makes it all the more exciting to think about what the future holds. With technologies like augmented reality, virtual reality, driverless cars, and even the Metaverse rising in popularity and with even more advanced digital tools to come, it’s reassuring to know that we’ll be prepared with 10G.
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