TDC Group is partnering with equipment vendor Huawei to upgrade its entire HFC network in Denmark to support download speeds of up to 1Gbps. The upgrade to ‘Giga COAX’ will be launched this summer and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017. The DOCSIS 3.1-compliant architecture involves network-wide end points, optical nodes, amplifiers, passive splitters and corresponding engineering services. TDC’s CEO Pernille Erenbjerg said: ‘It is the most ambitious and comprehensive upgrade we have ever made in our cable network and at the same time it is one of the largest investments in digital infrastructure we have seen in Denmark … Before the end of 2017, half of all Danish households will have access to 1Gbps speeds – ten times faster than the government’s objectives for the year 2020.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the two partners trialled the DOCSIS 3.1 technology in June 2015, achieving measured downstream transmission rates of 840Mbps. The field test used the DOCSIS 3.1 compliant head end device of the Huawei Distributed-Converged Cable Access Platform (D-CCAP) solution, a Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) test platform provided by ST Microelectronics, and was performed on the coaxial broadband network of TDC in Copenhagen.