Net Brazil aims for 150 Mbps over Cable

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[qi:051] DOCSIS 3.0, the next-generation cable broadband standard, has been the subject of much debate here in the U.S., with Comcast (CMCSA) Chief Executive Brian Roberts doing most of the talking, and promising speeds of up to 160 megabits per second. NET Brazil demoed a system based on DOCSIS 3.0 using Motorola (MOT)technology/equipment at the ABTA conference in Brazil.

The DOCSIS 3.0-based cable broadband systems are gaining traction in the international markets such as Singapore, where Starhub has already started to make the transition. There are two likely reasons for the overseas popularity: one, the absence of legacy systems, and two, smaller-sized networks as compared with gigantic networks in the U.S. that would have to be upgraded. (via)

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Garret Wilson

Ha ha. Right. Currently the most reliable Internet connection in Rio de Janeiro is through NET Vírtua http://netvirtua.globo.com/ . Their best “8Mbps” is really only about 2Mbps on the good days, and their DNS continually times out. What happens when your Internet connection is down for a days? Nothing. You have to pay a handyman in your building to dig in the walls to find out some NET technician mistakenly put a blocking filter on your line. 150Mbps? Don’t hold your breath. Brazil is not Singapore.

Andreas

One of swedens largest broadband providers, Comhem, have announced that they will start upgrading their network and offer 100 Mbit. They have just started to test the service with a smaller amount of customers.

Fiber is spreading, DSL is cheaper and turbo-3G is becoming popular. Cable needs the speed to stay competitive.

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