nbn becomes 56th CableLabs member

By Technology Decisions Staff
Friday, 21 April, 2017

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CableLabs has accepted nbn as a member, making it the first cable network operator in the Oceania region to be admitted.

nbn will become the 56th member of CableLabs, joining US giants such as Comcast, Charter, Altice and Cox Communications.

“CableLabs has been driving some amazing innovations in our industry with things like DOCSIS 3.1 and Full Duplex DOCSIS and we really look forward to being part of this organisation in the coming years,” said nbn Chief Technology Officer Dennis Steiger.

Founded in 1988 by US and Canadian cable network operators, CableLabs has been the driving force behind crucial technological advances in the global cable market that help deliver better services for end users.

CableLabs R&D work helps to bring innovative technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1 — currently delivering 1 Gbps speeds to cable broadband subscribers — into the market, and the organisation is currently working on developing Full Duplex DOCSIS technology that promises symmetrical speeds of 10 Gbps.

CableLabs plays a crucial role in bringing new innovations like DOCSIS 3.1 to life by inventing core technologies, along with helping to align cable network operators around these new technologies and facilitating vital collaboration with technology vendors to ensure the necessary economies of scale are created.

The rollout of the nbn access network sets the scene for the biggest transformation to Australia’s telecommunications industry involving retail service provider network upgrades and the establishment of a network of networks to bring fast broadband to all Australians.

Having been accepted as a member of CableLabs, nbn will now be part of the collaborative process that will see exciting new technologies such as Full Duplex DOCSIS come to reality.

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