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160Mbps downloads move closer for US cable customers

DOCSIS 3.0 offers two immediate benefits over what cable ISP subscribers are currently stuck with (DOCSIS 1.1): faster speeds and support for IPv6. The technology has the potential to bump download speeds to 160Mbps and upload speeds to 120Mbps, although that bandwidth will be divided up between households attached to a single node.

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sovietsoldier3547d ago

sounds nice, but i doubt usefull for the people who are never able to get it service in the first place.

Diselage3547d ago

We can dream right? Thing is most people wouldn't utilize this very much so it probably won't have widespread appeal.

kewlkat0073545d ago

future of Downloaded Content? Of course this might be a reality, sometime in the future, ummm we have 5 years to go...

Black Republican3545d ago

I WONDER HOW THIS WILL COST WHEN IT FIRST COMES OUT LOL

bootsielon3535d ago

Consider this:

Game consoles have 512 Megs of RAM right now. In 6 years, they'll have about 8 Gigabytes. To fill 8 Gigabytes of RAM with 1 Gbps, you'd need a minute, which is the same that takes PS3 to completely load its RAM. But that's a lot faster than 160 Mbps. If broadband speed doesn't ramp up faster than the amount of RAM that consoles have, then videogame streaming will never happen. Why is that important? Because it's way more expensive to have HUGE hard drives and to develop next-gen optical discs that read fast and that hold huge amounts of data.

There is 1 Gbps broadband in select countries (like Sweden and Japan), however, so there's hope to see faster than that in 6 years worldwide.