updated 02:50 pm EST, Thu February 1, 2007
Canadian 100Mbps Internet
Quebec-based cable provider Videotron revealed today that it will soon offer some of the fastest Internet access in North America. Using Cisco's pre-certification version of the faster DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem standard, the Canadian ISP says it will offer 100Mbps download speeds to its customers. The speed would open up previously impractical features on the Internet, Videotron boasts. A 50MB high-definition video takes only four seconds to load in ideal conditions; music would download almost instantly. The new DOCSIS format achieves this in part by bonding normally separate cable channels together, more than doubling the 40Mbps theoretical limit of DOCSIS 2.0.
A trial of the 100Mbps service is set to begin shortly in Montreal and will require a special Cisco modem to achieve the record bandwidth limit. Videotron has not committed to any definite plans but hopes to expand the service to regular customers across Quebec by the end of 2007. [via BBReports]