updated 05:05 pm EDT, Thu April 30, 2009
TWC going DOCSIS 3.0 in 09
At an earnings conference on Wednesday, Time Warner Cable COO Landel Hobbs said that the cable provider will begin using the newer, multi-channel DOCSIS 3.0 standard to provide Internet and data access to homes and businesses this summer, although it will be limited to New York City only. Time Warner Cable is currently testing DOCSIS 3.0 in NYC, Hobbs says. Testing has netted 138Mbps download speeds and and 18Mbps upload speeds, the COO says, adding that these won't be offered initially.
Once Time Warner completes the DOCSIS rollout in New York City by year's end, deployments of the infrastructure in other markets will be "surgical." New York City is an important market, as competitor Verizon has recently signed a franchise agreement with the city to fully outfit the city with its FiOS fiber-optic infrastructure by 2014.
Earlier this month, Time Warner Cable ceased trials of DOCSIS 3.0 in markets where it planned to introduce a metered billing model, after backlash from the public to the arbitrary limits and overage fees. During that time, Time Warner hinted it was planning to offer a 50Mbps plan for $99. [via DSLReports]