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September 13, 2011

UPC Austria Achieves 1.3 Gigabits Speed with Help from ARRIS
By Raju Shanbhag
TMCnet Contributor

With the help of a live network consisting of fiber optic and conventional coaxial cable, ARRIS customer UPC Austria has achieved a sustained maximum downstream Internet speed of 1.3 gigabits per second in a recent field trial in Vienna, the company has announced.



Offering further evidence of the future viability of UPC’s Fiber Power Network, this data speed far eclipses what DSL operators can offer in Austria. With the DOCSIS 3.0 ARRIS C4 CMTS with downstream channel bonding and Touchstone (News - Alert) data modems, all of which are commercially available today, the tests were conducted over a live network. The data speeds demonstrated in the field trial downloaded an HD movie in less than two minutes and more than 100 songs in less than five seconds, the company stated in a press release.

“Our network infrastructure is very solid and with the advanced technology of our high quality Fibre Power Network, UPC customers are equipped for the demands of tomorrow,” said Thomas Hintze, CEO of UPC Austria. “This test shows that our fibre-coaxial structure is ready to reach speeds in excess of 1 Gb/s.  In association with our silicon and hardware suppliers, like ARRIS, we look forward to bringing these exciting features and powerful products to market.”

The success of the trial proves that UPC now has a telecommunications network that can be configured for peak performance while a commercial launch of such speeds may not yet be a reality (UPC currently offers up to 100 Mbp/s speeds), the company has announced.

The company recently announced the launch of its Whole Home Solution Media Gateway (News - Alert) in conjunction with BendBroadband, an Oregon-based MSO. The ARRIS Whole Home solution incorporates the ARRIS Media Gateway which acts as a perfectly integrated multi-services platform that equips the entire home as well as each of the television-connected ARRIS Media Players with converged multimedia entertainment. The Whole Home Solution with its centralized gateway provides an assortment of multimedia amusement services such as video on demand.

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Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Rich Steeves

 

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