Cablecos must go beyond platform upgrades like DOCSIS 3.1 to stay truly competitive with the growing number of FTTH offerings from rival providers.
More than 60% of residential broadband subscribers in the US received their services via cable modems by the end of the third quarter of 2018, according to Ovum research. With increased FTTH competition across the country, cable operators continue to upgrade their bandwidth speed tiers, as well as enhance their service offerings. Several cable operators have even announced plans to take an FTTH approach to compete. Yet most cable operators continue to use their existing hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) infrastructure to deliver higher speeds, and even gigabit services.