10G isn’t so much about speed, but it is about improving multiple parameters, including latency, reliability, and security, explains CableLabs’ Chris Lammers. Speaking at the ACA Connects Summit, Lammers points out that 10G is really a collection of technologies to expand the flexibility of the networks to move from peaks of 1 gig to 10 gigabits per second.
And although the evolution includes a full-duplex, 10 Gigabit/second peak DOCSIS implementation, Lammers indicates that their work includes the fiber transport and fiber to the home implementations. The focus is on cable operators being able to continue to evolve their network.
And those evolved cable networks will include mobile traffic, as according to Lammer, “Ultimately, mobile networks are inherently fixed networks because you have short distances where radios can help provide mobility….but it depends on fixed networks to get that content to and from the radios that exist on our phones.”
Another initiative Lammers discusses is CableLabs’ almost 5-year effort to identify spectrum to help serve within and outside the home, whether to high-speed or low-speed IoT devices. He identifies both traditional Wi-Fi as well as dynamically shared and management of spectrum as another aspect of what will be called 10G.