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Cable Technology Feature Article

November 04, 2009

RCN Intros DOCSIS 3.0 Technology Based Wideband Cable Modem Offerings to SMBs

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

RCN Corporation, a broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed Internet and premium voice services, has announced it charted a new kind of wideband cable modem offering based on DOCSIS 3.0 technology and will soon make it available to small and medium sized businesses.
The company plans to launch these new offerings in Manhattan and in portions of Boston where it has fiber in thousands of buildings and broadband coaxial cable throughout its footprint. In addition the company said eastern Pennsylvania customers will also be able to enjoy RCN’s (News - Alert) new speed tiers.
Cable modems built on the DOCSIS 3.0 specifications are capable of offering broadband service providers a cost-effective solution for delivering high-speed bi-directional data services. RCN will leverage the Cisco (News - Alert) DOCSIS 3.0 downstream channel bonding solution that includes the Cisco uBR10012 cable modem termination systems and Cisco DPC3000 Channel Bonded Cable Modems. 
According to company officials, the DPC3000 provides a faster connection to the Internet by incorporating four bonded downstream channels along with four bonded upstream channels. These bonded channels deliver downstream data rates in excess of 160 Mbps and upstream data rates up to 120 Mbps, up to four times faster than conventional single-channel DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems.
RCN Business Services Vice President and General Manager, Mary Jane Horne, commented that an offering that includes faster upstream and downstream speeds will allow the company to develop solutions that meet the needs of their business customers and they anticipate that the midpoint 40/5 Mbps data package will provide the best value for many SMBs.
Horne also noted that every business needs a solid foundation on which to build and RCN’s wideband data, served over the company’s own fiber-rich backbone, is a building block that every business could utilize to operate efficiently and reliably.
When RCN’s Voice and Video building blocks are layered on as part of a core telecommunications strategy, customers can focus on what's most important, running their business, Horne said.

Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi