Cable pledges European broadband commitment

November 12, 2012 11.12 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Cable Europe says the concept of infrastructure competition in next generation cable access has ensured greater choice, diversity and competition in pricing.

The trade body has repeated to European Commissioner Neelie Kroes that as an investor in future network infrastructure the cable industry is a “signed-up agent” of the Digital Agenda.

The comments follow the release by the Commission of Broadband coverage in Europe in 2011, which sets out the progress made in meeting the objectives of the Digital Agenda.

A recent report prepared for Cable Europe by the consultancy Solon says that 95% of households in the reach of European cable networks will be able to subscribe to high-speed internet services from cable in 2020. By the end of 2013 nearly all cable operators will have upgraded to DOCSIS 3.0, enabling 100-200 Mbps speeds.

Following the rollout of DOCSIS 3.0, 100 Mbps speeds are already becoming the standard and cable is projected to offer 51% of EU households 100Mbps or more by 2013.