CABLE NEXT-GEN -- Denver -- Having deployed DOCSIS 3.1 throughout their footprints, cable operators like Mediacom are delivering gigabit services to bandwidth-hungry consumers. Why these individuals need such high-speed networks is, however, a mystery.
"They do like it. They are buying it a very significant rate and we're happy to fill the need," he said of the D3.1 transition, which Mediacom completed about 16 months ago. "It's doing really well... far better than we thought it would do."
But that must-have app? That critical use case driving demand for gigabit speeds? Panelists -- including John Chapman, fellow and chief technology officer for Cable Access Business at Cisco; Chris Cholas, service provider solutions architect at Intel; Rob Flask, head of product line management for Cable Instrument Solutions at VIAVI Solutions and Pete Koat, CTO at VeEX -- could not cite a current consumer use case or application driving mandatory gigabit.
"Is it just a matter of invention? Are we waiting for a 17-year-old in Iceland to come up with the next killer app? They're not doing anything with it today," Walden said. "Are the customers going to feel misled if they buy 1-gig and find out there's nothing more there?"
"The predominant answer to 'why I bought 1 gig?,' " he added. " 'I can afford it and I deserve it.' "
Well, why not? As operators, developers, teens and everybody else tries to create the must-have gigabit app, buying high-speed connectivity may be outside some home budgets but is still a lot less expensive than many other status symbols.
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Consumers are buying millions of IoT devices, from smart thermostats and security systems to intelligent entertainment setups and furniture. Yet many of these devices remain isolated because home users are uncomfortable connecting them to each other – or even their WiFi. After all, their WiFi network was probably designed only to handle a few laptops, a gaming system and a couple of smartphones. Now, demand on the network is surging and even though you're delivering 100 Mbps to 1 Gbps, that doesn't necessarily mean the broadband power is in the right place or reaches every corner of a home.
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Tune in to Broadband World News Radio on Thursday, November 1 at 8 a.m. PT, 11 a.m. ET, 3 p.m. UK as Ronan Kelly, CTO, EMEA & APAC Regions at ADTRAN, explores the five pillars of network integrity -- a topic he discussed during his recent Broadband World Forum keynote. Register now!