Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Singapore's StarHub Begins DOCSIS-3.0 Upgrade for 100 Mbps Cable Modem Service

Singapore's StarHub is launching an upgrade of its broadband hybrid fiber coaxial (HFC) cable network to a DOCSIS 3.0-compatible architecture. The upgrade will enable StarHub to offer cable modem downlink speeds of up to 100 Mbps.

StarHub is using Motorola's channel-bonding solutions for HFC networks.

Singapore will be the first country in Asia-Pacific to have a nation-wide DOCSIS 3.0-compatible broadband network commercially available.

Motorola has been a leader in contributing to the current channel-bonding specification, which is part of the proposed DOCSIS 3.0 standard currently in development by CableLabs.

In addition to the current upgrade, StarHub is already looking at future plans to continue to enhance the broadband cable network to 1 Gbps in two to three years' time, as the channel-bonding platform is able to scale even further. The enhancements are expected to be implemented gradually and cost-effectively over the next few years.

Currently, StarHub's MaxOnline service provides service tiers with download speeds of up to 2Mbps, 6.5 Mbps and 30 Mbps.

As at 31 December 2005, StarHub has 277,000 MaxOnline subscribers.


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