At the CES 2008 show in Las Vegas, Cisco Systems Incorporated announced that the DPC3000 Channel Bonded Modem, which is designed to facilitate broadband services in excess of 100 Mbps, would be commercially available to service providers in spring 2008. The cable modem is designed to meet the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 specifications, which feature support of four bonded downstream channels and four bonded upstream channels. It is also backward-compatible for use as a single-channel cable modem with DOCSIS and Euro-DOCSIS 1.1/1.0 and 2.0 networks. Hopefully ISPs will listen to their customers and we may actually see this technology in our homes one day!
"Web surfers want faster access to everything, especially video content. As consumers continue to download their music, watch TV and send multimedia messages on their mobile devices, you can count on that content reaching them through a Cisco Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network. This network and its supporting services and capabilities are evolving as we speak through Cisco's consumer vision to create a visual network. To help cable operators deliver more content over their existing networks, our DOCSIS® 3.0-compliant channel-bonding technology uses multiple channels to deliver more packets simultaneously, providing high-speed data rates up to four times as fast as than existing DOCSIS 2.0 modems," said John Sweeney, director of product strategy and management for Scientific Atlanta, a Cisco company.