Having already made Fibre Hybrid 120 and Fibre Hybrid 200 Internet access services available to nearly 2.9 million households and businesses, Videotron is pushing the envelope still further by enabling households and businesses in the Greater Montréal area to reach and even exceed 1 Gigabit/s.
Testing of the new service, which supports speeds of 1,000 Mbps or more under certain conditions, began in Montréal-area homes and businesses several months ago.
The service now being tested is supported by DOCSIS 3.0 technology, the use of new modems and optimized network architecture.
DOCSIS 3.1, which should be available in 2016, will allow still faster speeds. This new network upgrade will equip Videotron to effectively meet spiralling daily Internet use by consumers, fuelled by the proliferation of Internet-connected devices and the explosive growth of television streaming services, which are changing home entertainment habits. And much more is just around the corner, including home automation and the Internet of Things.
"Reaching the gigabit per second threshold in this technological test makes the potential of our state-of-the-art network that much more palpable," added Manon Brouillette. "We are planning to introduce the new service commercially and details of the roll-out will be announced at a later date."
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