Japanese multiple system operator (MSO) Jupiter Telecommunications (J-COM) has revealed plans to launch a new broadband service in April with a downstream connection speed of up to 160Mbps, says TelecomWeb. The new service would make the operator one of the first in the world to offer services based on the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOSCIS) standard.
J-COM provides broadband (J-COM NET), cable TV and local telephony (J-COM Phone) services to customers in 20 franchise areas – including Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawam Chiba, Hyogo and Wakayama. It uses fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) technology to deliver broadband services. Fibre-optic trunk lines are connected to individual households through a signal converter (node) and coaxial cable, to a set-top box/cable modem/phone. J-COM NET entered the broadband arena in June 2000, launching services via @Net-Home Co, an internet access provider in the Kanto and Kyushu regions.