Beyond Speed: Building the Ultra-Connected Future with 10 Gigabit Technology

By 2022, it is estimated that each person in North America will have 13 or more connected devices1 and those will generate large amounts of data.

The immense increase in devices and data requires intelligent networks with a new level of speed and capacity. While there may be no single device that needs a multigigabit connection today, or even three years from now, homes with 50-100 connected devices will drive unprecedented demand. At the same time, new, life-changing technologies ranging from connected health, to augmented and virtual reality, will increasingly transition from the lab to the living room, delivering amazing experiences, and those also demand significant new speed, lower latency and higher capacity.

10 Gigabit Networks: Bigger Capacity, Faster Speeds, More Responsive

To address this need, we’re working with some of the world’s leading Internet service providers, technology companies, industry organizations and standards bodies to take the next big step forward to evolve the access network—10 Gigabit networks.

10 Gigabit access networks leverage several next-generation technologies to provide low latency, multi-gigabit performance with up to 10 Gbps speed, capacity and symmetrical link rates that bring a major boost to uploads. This can all be done over modern hybrid fiber coaxial networks that deliver the most pervasive broadband to U.S. homes and are also deployed globally, using the connections already in hundreds of millions of households worldwide.

These speeds and capabilities may seem extreme, but only a few years ago, 100 Mbps seemed extreme and today 100 Mbps-and-faster connections are mainstream service tiers. At Intel, we have always designed our technology with tomorrow in mind and this is no different.

That’s the world we’re designing for—one in which everything is connected and Internet users expect to have access to the best of all experiences instantly from the comfort of their homes.

Global Standard, Global Reach

At Intel, we work closely with Internet service providers on the transformation of the network across the connected home, access network and data center. We’re involved with every aspect of the 10 Gigabit transformation, from the network infrastructure, all the way out to the home network that will power the experience in customers’ homes. We are seeing tremendous results with these technologies in lab settings today, and are working with operators to start trialing them in customer homes as early as spring 2020.

At the center of this technology transformation is a new, fully-developed technological standard called 10 Gigabit Full Duplex DOCSIS (also referred to as 10g FDX). This standard makes it possible to deliver multi-gigabit upload and download speeds over the connections already present in hundreds of millions of homes.

What that means is that when 10 Gigabit arrives, it will enable 10Gbps speeds over existing coaxial networks—without decades of digging and construction—to deliver real value to customers at scale. Much like the recent large-scale Gigabit deployments by companies like Comcast, Cox, and Charter—three of our early partners in 10 Gigabit—the technology will be rapidly scalable from the moment it is deployed.

Intel will deliver 10 Gigabit ready technology from the network infrastructure to home gateways to support the rollout. This is all part of our commitment to the transformation of the network to power tomorrow’s ultra-connected homes and experiences. Our U.S. network partners, including Charter, Comcast and Cox—three of the nation’s largest broadband providers—are working actively to test that technology in their networks. We are also working with MaxLinear on a new family of 10 Gigabit ready gateway platforms for the home. In addition, NCTA—The Internet and Television Association—and CableLabs are actively working to advance 10 Gigabit technology, including creating a global certification program. You can learn more about those efforts at www.10Gplatform.com.

The 10 Gigabit future is coming fast, and we’re excited about the new experiences it will make possible.