Why are cable networks a key enabler for 5G in the European Union?

Cable operators have begun the most recent upgrade of their networks to the DOCSIS 3.1 standard. This latest version of cable technology will enable cable operators to support all 5G requirements.

DOCSIS 3.1 embraces the new speed demands of a Gigabit society, providing peak speeds of 10 Gbps download and 2 Gbps upload.

Work has already started on the next phase of development, for cable to deliver peak speeds of symmetrical up and download of 10 Gbps. This will be launched commercially very soon.

In addition, DOCSIS 3.1 uses a sophisticated algorithm to reduce latency of cable networks.

The DOCSIS specification was recently upgraded to enable cable networks to provide mobile wireless backhaul services more effectively. This will support an increasing number of small cell architectures and very soon 5G.