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BREAKING NEWS: DOCSIS 3.0 Coming to Time Warner Cable in NYC By End of 2009

Phillip Dampier April 29, 2009 TWC (see Charter) 5 Comments

In a morning conference call with investors, Time Warner Cable management announced they would be initiating an upgrade to DOCSIS 3.0, the next generation in cable broadband technology, in just a single city in 2009: New York.

The work has already begun in Manhattan, where CMTS deployment will commence by the summer.  Initial testing has produced results up to 138Mbps down/18Mbps up.  However, company officials stress they have no plans to offer that level of speed, at least initially.  The upgrade should be available to customers by the end of 2009.

Time Warner continues to downplay the importance of DOCSIS 3.0 with investors, telling them this morning the company has seen little interest from customers in additional broadband speed, making the upgrade a low priority.  However, even though the company has no specific rollout schedule, it does propose to upgrade in the coming years on a market by market basis, with announcements preceding deployment in each area.

This is in marked contrast to public statements Time Warner’s corporate communications department had been making in markets where usage based pricing trials were to begin this summer.  Repeated statements from company officials warning of “Internet brownouts” and “capacity problems” were used as justifications to institute caps on usage with significant overlimit penalties as high as $2/GB.  Officials claimed just two weeks ago that the revenue earned from heavier users charged a higher price would be used to deploy “necessary DOCSIS upgrades.”  That is a message not given to investors.  Additionally, company officials never mentioned the need for usage based pricing throughout the one hour conference call, except in response to a question from a caller.  Company officials downplayed the usage based billing controversy as a “market trial that had pushback,” but also warned that additional tests to change the current broadband business model would be forthcoming.

Currently there are 5 comments on this Article:

  1. Jeff says:

    I thought Texas, the Triad and Rochester, NY were where Time Warner liked to run “tests”. Oh well.

  2. Paul R says:

    Shocker here… where they have competition they roll out something that would allow them to continue to compete… Where there is no competition they still have to ‘test’ the viability of rolling it out.

  3. Smith6612 says:

    I guess this will help out the people in NYC who are always seeing slow speeds at night due to node congestion. Let’s see how this goes.

    Seems like Time Warner is turning things around again I guess.

  4. MacAlert says:

    “Little interest”

    What world are the executives at TW living in?! ALL their competitors offer higher speeds and TW executives are the only ones who don’t see a need in additional broadband speed. They are so clueless of what a consumer wants!

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