DOCSIS 3.0: There's No Such Thing As Too Fast
Arstechnica has a small piece this morning about DOCSIS 3.0 (Data-Over-Cable Service Interface Specifications), a new communication standard that will allow cable modem users to attain maximum download speeds of 160Mbps and upload speeds of 120 Mbps.
DOCSIS 3.0 achieves its speed boost in part through "channel bonding" (using more than one channel to transmit data) for both up- and downstream transmission. It also supports IPv6 in order to provide billions of additional IP addresses to support the growing number of portable devices that connect to the Internet (consoles, cell phones, media players, etc.). But when will it arrive in your neighborhood?
Unfortunately, only 40 percent of customer premises equipments are expected to support DOCSIS 3.0 by 2011, so all of you