Quebec’s dominant cableco Videotron is following up on the introduction of its 940Mbps DOCSIS 3.0-based upgrades earlier this year with the implementation of DOCSIS 3.1 standard technology to support potential speeds of up to 10Gbps/1Gbps (download/upload). Videotron’s press release says that it is ‘now deploying DOCSIS 3.1 modems on its network and adapting its equipment and working protocols to the new technology.’ Manon Brouillette, CEO of Videotron, declared: ‘With this deployment, we … will be able to offer better internet access service that meets the growing speed and bandwidth needs of our customers, who are watching more and more HD and UHD videos and adopting the cloud, the Internet of Things [IoT], augmented reality and virtual reality.’ Beta testing of DOCSIS 3.1 is already underway at Montreal-area homes and businesses to collect feedback in a real-life environment and help ensure the reliability and performance of the technology once commercially deployed. After testing is completed, the Canadian firm added that ‘it will be possible to roll out DOCSIS 3.1 very quickly as it is compatible with Videotron’s existing network, where it has been upgraded. Only a new modem for the user and a software upgrade on the network will be needed in order to deliver the very high speeds.’
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