Cable pledges European broadband commitment
Cable Europe says the concept of infrastructure competition in next generation cable access has ensured greater choice, diversity and competition in pricing. The trade body has repeated to European Commissioner Neelie Kroes that as an investor in future network infrastructure the cable industry is a “signed-up agent” of the Digital Agenda. The comments follow the release by the Commission of Broadband coverage in Europe in 2011, which sets out the progress made in meeting the objectives of the Digital Agenda.
A recent report prepared for Cable Europe by the consultancy Solon says that 95% of households in the reach of European cable networks will be able to subscribe to high-speed internet services from cable in 2020. By the end of 2013 nearly all cable operators will have upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, enabling 100-200 Mbps speeds.#
Following the rollout of DOCSIS 3.0, 100 Mbps speeds are already becoming the standard and cable is projected to offer 51% of EU households 100Mbps or more by 2013.
Source: Broadband TV News
Broadband on Demand: Cable’s 2020 Vision
High-quality network infrastructure and broad coverage are regarded as fundamental preconditions for a prospering and growing Europe. To support Europe´s way towards a modern information and knowledge society, the European Commission (EC) consistently drives the development of the broadband market. With the “Digital Agenda for Europe” (referred to as the Digital Agenda), it has now set new ambitious key targets for future broadband development: improved broadband availability and ultra high speed levels, a single digital market, and digital inclusion.
Cable operators provide European citizens with very high speed access to the digital space. Having originally been established to broadcast TV signals, cable operators made substantial investments in modernising their networks to introduce internet capability. At the end of 2010 about 24m households across Europe subscribed to broadband cable internet. A total of 112m households are in the technical footprint of European cable operators and can opt to subscribe to the TV, broadband and telephony packages offered by cable operators.
The European cable industry´s contribution to the Digital Agenda`s argets is outstanding in a whole range of critical areas: