DOCSIS® 3.1 has long been touted as the technology that will bring Gigabit services to the masses, so that consumers can enjoy faster broadband connections. It's a technology that a number of service providers are looking to deploy in 2016, and one that ARRIS helped pioneer.
Today, it is exciting to see that DOCSIS 3.1 is becoming a reality. Comcast just announced that it will bring the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers beginning in five US markets in 2016, using existing connections. We are excited to be part of this effort by supporting rollout in four of these markets with our flagship E6000® Converged Edge Router (CER) and a software-only upgrade.
When it comes to DOCSIS, we have a strong track record of pioneering innovation – from our work in developing the standard itself, to our unmatched technical expertise and the DOCSIS-based network deployments we have successfully completed around the world. This puts us in a unique position to bring this technology to market at scale. We recently unveiled new DOCSIS 3.1 modems for operators and retailers that complement our robust DOCSIS 3.1 network portfolio. And our E6000 CER is software-upgradable to DOCSIS 3.1 to help deliver on the full promise of multi-gigabit services to the home.
As more connected devices, streaming video and advanced services make their way into the home, consumers expect nothing less than fast speeds and reliable connections. We expect Gigabit speeds to the home to be the new standard by which broadband service providers will be measured. We are ready to continue working with our customers in 2016 to enable the smooth migration to these next-generation technologies - and provide the best-quality entertainment and communication experience in the home.