10G: The Next Great Leap for Broadband

Written by Kristi Salmon on January 21, 2019.

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On January 9, 2019 at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the annual gathering in Las Vegas for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, NCTA CEO Michael Powell, CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney, Comcast CTO Tony Werner and Cox President Pat Esser hosted “The Future of the Broadband Network”, a moderated panel discussion.  The panel announced and discussed the introduction of “10G” garnering global recognition as an innovative push to bring faster speeds, low latency and more reliable network responsiveness to the masses.

A Great Leap, Already in Motion

The foundation of 10G is already proven with cable networks offering 1 gigabit service today across 80 percent of the U.S., up from just five percent in 2016.  Similar gigabit services are available by cable operators, like Mediacom, across the world. Ultimately, 10G will deliver symmetrical speeds that are up to 10 times faster than today’s fastest networks.

Redefining Experiences and Opportunities

10G’s promise of faster speeds, more capacity, lower latency and greater security will enable and help fully realize a wide variety of new services and applications that will change the way millions of consumers, educators, businesses and innovators interact with the world. “CableLabs creates the technology that supports the deployment of high-capacity broadband networks and gigabit services at scale for the industry,” said CableLabs President and CEO Phil McKinney. “With the 10G platform, CableLabs will help ensure the broadband infrastructure will be in place globally with the capacity and performance needed in the future to fuel new innovations and emerging technologies that will transform and enhance the way we live.” Simply put, the 10G platform promises improved security, seamless connectivity, reliability, increased capacity and, as the name would imply, up to 10 gigabit per second speeds.

The Demand

  • Technology is becoming more critical to our lives. Our networks must continue to stay ahead.
  • Whether it is powering the smart cities, smart homes or smart cars of the future, our digital progress will stall without a platform with the speed and capacity to meet our needs.

The Platform

  • 10G is the platform of the future that will deliver speeds of 10 gigabits per second and beyond with enhanced reliability, security, and capacity.
  • 10G will reinvent the role technology will play in our everyday lives and the way we live, learn, work, and play.
  • 10G is built to meet the demands of our imagination.

The Ecosystem

  • 10G will become the backbone of digital progress in America and around the world.
  • Built as a platform to support a wide variety of services and applications, from integrating hardware and software to fully realizing 5G wireless at scale. 10G aims to synthesize endless data into one cohesive and seamless ecosystem – creating value for commerce and consumers.

The 10G platform will help new innovations transform consumer experiences in homes, businesses and wherever people connect. It creates new possibilities for smart cities, healthcare, connected gaming, video streaming, virtual and augmented reality, education and businesses of all sizes.

  • The most obvious example is how streaming video will be able to take advantage of the tremendous capacity and speed offered by 10G. Video streaming services will be able to produce and distribute super high definition TV shows and movies in 4k and 8k resolution. By 2021, Cisco estimates that 82 percent of all IP traffic will be video.
  • For gamers, 10G’s low latency and faster speeds will take online gaming to new levels with higher resolution graphics and increased responsiveness.
  • In healthcare, 10G will enable new approaches to home health and remote diagnostics, helping doctors monitor patients from anywhere in real-time –giving people, including the elderly, peace of mind that they’re living a healthier life.
  • For consumers, 10G will help realize new technologies, such as holodecks, allowing them to turn their living room into a virtual world bringing newer experiences and places to them.
  • In education, learning will become more engaging and dynamic through 10G enabled technologies, like interactive video walls and head-mounted displays –giving children new interesting ways to learn and engage.
  • 10G will also enable businesses to not only have the speed, reliability and security that their consumers demand while keeping them competitive, but it will also open new avenues for revenue and resourcing through technologies such as distance virtual reality that bring people together from across the globe –giving businesses a greater ability to collaborate and grow.

Watch the panel discuss the platform that will support our imagination and keep us at the forefront of progress as we enter a new generation of technology innovation.



For more information on the cable industry’s 10G platform, visit www.10Gplatform.com.