Smart home on steroids: CommScope to help trial 10G internet service

Cristopher Centers

HICKORY — CommScope, a Hickory-based network infrastructure provider, has beenchosen to help power a Mediacom Communications Corp. 10G smart home trial, the company announced Tuesday. The Mediacom trial, in partnership with CableLabs and The Internet & Television Association, aims to deliver connectivity to a 10G smart home. [That’s five times faster […]

HICKORY — CommScope, a Hickory-based network infrastructure provider, has beenchosen to help power a Mediacom Communications Corp. 10G smart home trial, the company announced Tuesday.

The Mediacom trial, in partnership with CableLabs and The Internet & Television Association, aims to deliver connectivity to a 10G smart home.

[That’s five times faster than the best speed currently available for home internet service. Google Fiber is rolling out 2G service. Xfinity also has a 2G service, according to AllConnect.com.]


About the 10G service

Mediacom’s 10G end-to-end network delivers ultrafast ~2.4Gbps downstream connectivity as well as ~1.3Gbps upstream connectivity to more than 70 smart devices throughout the trial home. The service is passed over both wired Ethernet connections and wireless Wi-Fi6 connections within the homes. These devices included a smart refrigerator, cleaning robots, security cameras, 8K TV, VR and AR headsets, pet feeder, and more.

Source: Mediacom


The trial will evaluate the capacity of the 10G platform to support “future home automation, virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), gaming, holographic display, and consumer applications in a real-world environment,” CommScope said in a press release.

CommScope provided Mediacom with “key solutions” to deliver 10G connectivity and developed desktop and mobile apps for the smart home to test the network connection speed, the company said in the release. Mediacom, the fifth-largest cable operator in the U.S., is based in Blooming Grove, New York.

The Mediacom 10G smart home is the first U.S. field trial of the cable industry’s 10G platform. The new 10G technology aims to offer higher speeds, increasing from one gigabit per second to 10 gigabits per second.

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“We are excited to provide the end-to-end portfolio of solutions that are powering this groundbreaking 10G trial, and we look forward to helping Mediacom transform their customers’ smart home experiences as they expand the reach and capabilities of this 10G platform,” CommScope Senior Vice President of Architecture and Strategy David Grubb said in the press release.

CommScope also recently partnered with Google’s Area 120 to launch a fast and secure WiFi platform in public areas.

Shares of CommScope stock were trading at $9.20 Tuesday morning, down nine cents, or 0.97 percent.

The press release is available here.

This story is from the North Carolina Business News Wire, a service of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism

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