Altice Group and its French subsidiary Numericable-SFR (SFR) have embarked on a field trial of a DOCSIS 3.1 Gigabit broadband service, using the Cisco cBR-8 converged broadband router. The companies achieved download speeds of more than 3Gbps per subscriber, as well as proving capabilities for more than 7Gbps of aggregate bandwidth in the same cable segment. Max Blumberg, CTO at Altice Group, said: ‘The Gigabit field trial with SFR in France validates the significant transitions we are making with our cable networks to offer a host of unique entertainment experiences … We are excited to accelerate our deployment of the cBR-8 DOCSIS 3.1 technology across our European and US entities.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in April 2015 Altice selected Cisco to deploy a next generation converged cable access platform (CCAP) with advanced DOCSIS 3.1 capabilities; the new platform will allow SFR to scale the bandwidth offered to its broadband customer base up to 10Gbps. Currently, the operator offers medium term rates of up to 200Mbps in Paris, Lyon, Marseille and Nantes.