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Mediacom Rolls Hitron’s 1-Gig Modem

Mediacom Communications has joined a growing list of MSOs that are deploying a DOCSIS 3.0-powered cable modem from Hitron Technologies Americas that can provide downstream speed bursts of more than 1 Gbps. 

That model, the Hitron Gigabit Cable Modem (CDA-3-35), can bond 32 downstream channels and eight upstream channels, meaning it can handle up to 1.2 Gbps in North American systems that use 6MHz-wide channels, and up to 1.6 Gbps on EuroDOCSIS systems that utilize 8MHz-wide channels.

Mediacom’s deployment of the Hitron modem comes soon after the MSO announced it would introduce a 1-Gig residential broadband service in several areas of Missouri, including Jefferson City and Hots Summit and the counties of Boone, Cole and Callaway. That 1-Gig (downstream) offering that’s being paired with an upstream that maxes out at 50 Mbps, is set to become available Tuesday (Sept. 15), and initially retail for $149.99 per month. 

Suddenlink Communications and GCI are among other operators that are rolling out Hitron’s CDA3-35 model, which is equipped with Intel’s Puma 6-MG DOCSIS processor and MaxLinear’s 32-channel MxL268 tuner.   Hitron says it ships more than 3 million DOCSIS devices worldwide each year. 

“Deploying Hitron’s new Gigabit DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem provides us with the performance and bandwidth required to successfully deliver our advanced service offerings to maximize customer satisfaction and further set us apart from the competition,” JR Walden, CTO for Mediacom, said in a statement “The delivery of the state-of-the-art, differentiated services that Mediacom offers requires CPE that delivers fast speeds and reliable performance.”

“Cable operators are under increasing competitive pressure to deliver faster Internet speeds and differentiated multimedia and on-demand services to grow their customer bases and increase their revenues,” added Todd Babic, chief sales and marketing officer for Hitron Technologies Americas. “Mediacom is an ideal candidate for our new Gigabit cable modem as they are launching advanced integrated solutions that push the performance envelopes of most cable modems.”