German cable operator Unitymedia is set to launch speeds of 1Gbps in the city of Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia on 7 May, as part of its ‘Gigabit-City Bochum’ project. From that date, the first homes and businesses will be able to access the high speeds thanks to the rollout of the DOCSIS 3.1 standard. In March 2017 Unitymedia revealed that it would deploy DOCSIS 3.1 in cooperation with the city of Bochum and local utility supplier Stadtwerke Bochum under the Gigabit-City Bochum partnership. The initiative will enable more than 95% of households and businesses in Bochum to access the high-speed service by the end of 2018. Unitymedia, which is owned by UK-based Liberty Global, reaches around 90% (170,000) of households in the city, while Stadtwerke has connected 16,000 residential units to its fibre infrastructure.