Liberty Global plans the first DOCSIS 3.1 implementations on the cable networks across its European footprint in 2017, CEO Mike Fries told Broadband TV News at the company’s Technology Summit 2016 in Amsterdam.
Fries is certain that customers will soon find use for the Gigasphere (1Gbps) speeds enabled through the new technology based on the experience with previous upgrades.
When 10Mbps was the standard and Liberty Global started offering 50Mbps, people asked what to do with so much bandwidth, said Fries, but consumers quickly got used to it. “The same happened when we upgraded to 100Mbps.”
On a global scale, the average Liberty Global customer now has 100Mbps access and consumes around 100GB data each month, according to Fries.