Telecable, owned by UK-listed investment company Zegona, is the latest Spanish cable network operator to confirm it has begun rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 standard technology on its HFC network, giving it the capability for symmetric gigabit upgrades in the near future. Telecable – which operates in the Asturias region – recently signed an agreement with US-based ARRIS to incorporate DOCSIS 3.1 into its broadband network, whilst confirming that its customers will be offered upgrades from their existing 500Mbps peak speeds to 1Gbps (download) ‘in the coming months’. As reported by Spanish site ADSLZone, Telecable’s users will eventually have access to 1Gbps-plus symmetric down/upload speeds based on DOCSIS 3.1 which supports upgrades to 10Gbps. The company’s upgrade has already begun in Asturias, and will be complete by the end of 2017.
Last month, a larger Spanish operator, Basque region-based Euskatel (which also owns Galicia-based R Cable) confirmed its deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 technology in its HFC cable network to support symmetric ultra-high speed broadband services. Euskatel disclosed that its DOCSIS 3.1 rollout had reached 24% of the total households covered by its HFC network in the Basque region as of late-April 2017, under a plan to reach 40% of its Basque household footprint in June.
In January 2017 Spain’s third-largest broadband provider by subscribers, Vodafone (including cable division ONO) revealed that it had already begun deployment of DOCSIS 3.1 in major cities in partnership with Huawei, with the expectation of extending the new ultra-fast cable platform nationwide over the next 24 months.