Comcast CEO shows off DOCSIS 3.0

As we teased last week, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off Cable Television Laboratories' Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications 3.0 (DOCSIS 3.0) at The Cable Show '07. The technology is 25 times faster than the company's current standard broadband package, and Roberts said it will enable cable MSOs to leap ahead of telcos in the next couple years.

Comcast SVP of new media development Steve Craddock said the spec will be cheaper than FTTH, which is the access technology Verizon is using at a pricetag of $18 billion for just 14 percent of the U.S., Craddock claims.

Comcast has yet to announce where its first deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 will be or specifically when it will launch, but trials should begin later this year once the first products are built to standard. Commercial offerings should come to market sometime next year.

For more on the Comcast DOCSIS 3.0 unveiling:
- check out this report from Multichannel News