NetCologne and Cisco hit 200 Mbps

From Colin Mann in Cologne

Cisco and regional telecommunications operator NetCologne are joining forces to bring broadband speeds up to 200Mbps with live streaming of high-definition Internet Protocol (IP) video to the ANGA Cable trade fair. The ultra-high-speed service is delivered over NetCologne's hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) network using Euro-DOCSIS 3.0 standard compliant technology from Cisco.

“We are demonstrating up to 200 Mbps today but we know that we can achieve double that bandwidth and more with Cisco's solution over our existing HFC infrastructure,” said Guido Schwarzfeld, head of the broadband cable division at NetCologne. NetCologne” goal is to harmonise the different types of infrastructure the company is providing. Through both HFC and Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) networks, NetCologne will initially offer its clients internet connections of up to 100 Mbps.

“The advantage of video over IP is that we can serve all our customers from a single headend, across all access technologies,” added Mr. Schwarzfeld. “It” a new approach to pay-TV that will make the quality of experience consistent for our customers.”

“Global Internet traffic will grow to 26 exabytes per month by 2011, with video streams and downloads accounting for 70 per cent of that traffic,” said Michael Ganser, vice president and general manager, Cisco Germany. “Together with NetCologne, we have the opportunity to demonstrate a Cisco-based solution for next-generation broadband services that can give operators a valuable competitive edge by accelerating their speed to market for IPTV and high-speed data services.”

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