10G and the Future of Cable at ANGA COM

The global broadband industry is making significant progress toward its promise of delivering 10G service in the coming years, which will help fully realize a wide variety of new services and applications that will change the we interact with the world. And while the jump from today’s 1 gigabit to 10 gigabit speeds may seem like a long way off, the actualization of 10G is more real than you may think.

At ANGA COM 2019, Europe’s premier business platform for broadband operators and content providers, the industry kicked off with a panel discussion on the latest developments in 10G titled, “10 Gigabit and Beyond: Powering the Future of Cable.” The panel, moderated by Mark Dzuban, president and CEO of the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers and the International Society of Broadband Experts, featured some of the industry’s leading technologists: Liberty Global’s Bill Warga, Vodafone’s Frank Hellemink, CableLabs’ Chris Lammers, Cisco’s John T. Chapman and Intel’s Robert Ferreira.

The panelists highlighted the overall 10G roadmap, discussing 10G’s ability to deliver faster speeds, greater reliability, improved security and lower latency, noting the impressive leaps the industry has made by reaching up to 1 Gbps speeds. While the 10G initiative may be a lofty goal, it is not an unattainable one, especially given all of the existing technologies available including DOCSIS 3.1 and Full Duplex DOCSIS. Ferreira shared news that Intel is finishing up its work on 10G and the company is already looking to shift its focus to 25G.

The 10G network of the future relates to both the wireless and mobile networks, with industry leaders seeing it as one larger, connected access network. Warga noted many view Wi-Fi as their broadband and it is up to the cable industry to figure out how to deliver an end-to-end 10G experience on these devices. A smooth and reliable connection is like electricity and water, something everyone already has and expects without any complications. Bringing in the mobile perspective, Hellemink noted Vodafone has looked into using broadband small cells to backhaul its upcoming 5G network.

Overall, the panelists expressed excitement over the future of 10G and the potential experiences the platform would bring to end users. While it’s hard to imagine exactly just what applications users will be able to create, the decrease in latency will help to deliver faster and better gaming experiences. In addition to how 10G will change the way we play, it will change the way we live and work. 10G will usher in new applications around telemedicine and telecommuting and provide endless opportunities in the future.