Gigabit 4G is coming of age
Over the last year or two, 5G has been a major talking point. However, the reality is that 5G has yet to be standardized. Although some operators are talking up technology trials, commercial launches are not expected before 2020 at the earliest.
High-profile R&D partnerships and demonstrations aside, many operators will be keen to make the most of their existing 4G investments in the intervening years.
Newer iterations of 4G are gaining ground as the ideal stepping-stone to 5G upgrades.
Mobile data rate and bandwidth development
Cable providers eye DOCSIS 3.1 upgrades
The battle between cable TV providers and fixed-line carriers to differentiate on broadband speeds is heating up as cross-selling becomes the norm and more players combine connectivity and content options within household bundles.
To maintain the lead on network quality, a number of cable operators are looking to the latest Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) standard. DOCSIS 3.1 was standardized in 2014 and offers advantages on network speeds and spectral efficiency, with scope for additional improvements.
However, DOCSIS 3.1 is just one element of an increasingly heterogeneous network agenda for cable operators as they widen their service portfolios.