Quebec-based telecom Videotron has begun implementing Docsis 3.1 on its network, the company announced today. The technology, developed by the CableLabs consortium, will eventually allow the carrier to deliver speeds of up to 10Gbps for downloads and 1Gbps for uploads.
Currently, the fastest speed internet the carrier offers is its Giga Fibre Hybrid Internet service, which supports speeds of up to 940Mbps and was launched in late July, 2016. Bell and Rogers also offer Gigabit internet plans that predate Videotron’s service.
“With this deployment, we are laying the first stones in the foundations of the Internet of the future,” said Manon Brouillette, CEO and President of Videotron, in a release.
“We will be able to offer better Internet access service that meets the growing speed and bandwidth needs of our customers, who are watching more and more HD and UHD videos and adopting the cloud, the Internet of Things, augmented reality and virtual reality.”
Videotron says beta testing of Docsis 3.1, which makes use of wide range of new digital communication technologies, is already underway in Montreal-area homes and businesses. The carrier adds that once testing has been successfully completed, it will be possible to roll out Docsis 3.1 quickly as it is compatible with Videotron’s existing network “where it has been upgraded.” Potential users will only need a new modem and a software upgrade on the network.
Videotron did not state how much the service would cost, but it’s safe to say it will be more than the carrier’s Giga Hybrid Fibre service, which is $149.95 per month.
“We are proud to be one of the first operators in the world and the first in Canada to install this new technology, demonstrating once again our leadership in the Internet access market and our commitment to offering our customers state-of-the-art services at all times,” said Brouillette.