Telenet plans EUR 500 mln investment in Docsis 3.1 upgrade

Friday 29 August 2014 | 12:37 CET | News

Telenet announced plans to invest EUR 500 million over the next five years to upgrade its cable network in time for the switch to Docsis 3.1. The network will be prepared for using higher frequencies of 1,000 MHz instead of the 600 MHz used currently, in order to offer customers eventually 1 Gbps broadband.

The adoption of Docsis 3.1 is not officially decided. The newer standard uses more spectrum, more efficiently in order to increase network capacity and flexibility. Telenet will also need to replace active elements of the network, such as customer equipment, but this will occur more through natural turnover in the coming years and with the launch of new packages.

Telenet will need to upgrade equipment in 150,000 street cabinets to prepair the network for a higher frequency range. The work will start 22 September, first in the operator's home town of Mechelen. 

Telenet said the network upgrade project should help create 250 jobs in Flanders. The company claims this is the first region in Europe to get a 1GHz network of such scale.

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