Com Hem Labs is conducting a test in a property in Stockholm with broadband speeds of 1.2 Gbit/s symmetrical, which means the same speed both upstream and downstream. The purpose of the test, which is done on Com Hem’s FiberCoax network, is to prepare and fine-tune the technology before commercial launch in 2019.
The test is a part of the upgrade to the next generation of cable network under the international DOCSIS 3.1 standard, which in theory can provide up to 10 Gbit/s in download speeds and just over 1 Gbit/s in upload speeds. In preparation, Com Hem replaced electronics and optics in the most important nodes in the network during 2017, and will continue upgrading the access network in 2018 to unlock additional capacity for customers with the new technology.
“Once we have taken the step to DOCSIS 3.1, we will have increased capacity and speed for our customers at the same time as quality in the network improves. It’s like adding extra lanes to a highway along with a raised speed limit and improved safety. Com Hem is the first in the world to test symmetric 1.2 Gbit/s over cable, and many of the larger international cable operators are contacting us to learn more about how we’re working on the introduction of DOCSIS 3.1,” says Thomas Helbo, CTO of Com Hem.
The test, which will be run during the spring of 2018, is aimed at preparing the launch of large sections of Com Hem’s FiberCoax network. An initial step is launching services of 1,200/100 Mbit/s late in 2018, with the option to roll out symmetrical 1.2 Gbit/s if there is sufficient customer demand.