The internet is about to get a lot faster


The internet is about to get a lot faster. The average home broadband speeds in the United States are about to double, from around 10Mbps to 20Mbps. This is thanks to the rollout of a new generation of broadband technology, called DOCSIS 3.1.

DOCSIS 3.1 is the latest version of the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification, the standard that governs how data is transferred over cable TV lines. It’s an update to the existing DOCSIS 3.0 standard, which was first introduced in 2006.

The biggest change in DOCSIS 3.1 is the introduction of a new modulation technique called OFDM, or Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing. OFDM allows for the use of much wider frequency channels than the previous DOCSIS 3.0 standard, which means more data can be squeezed through the same cable.

The result is that DOCSIS 3.1-based broadband services will be able to offer speeds of up to 10Gbps for downloads and 1Gbps for uploads. That’s a huge jump from the current maximum speeds of around 1Gbps for downloads and 35Mbps for uploads.

The first DOCSIS 3.1-based broadband services are already being rolled out by cable companies in the United States, with more expected to follow suit over the next few years. Ultimately, the goal is to have DOCSIS 3.1 available to around two-thirds of all American households by the end of 2019.

So what does this mean for you? If you’re currently on a DOCSIS 3.0 broadband service, then you should expect to see your speeds double in the next few years. And if you’re not on a DOCSIS 3.0 service, then you can expect to see a much wider range of broadband speeds and services available in your area.

In either case, the internet is about to get a lot faster, and a lot more capable.

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