CableLabs is scrambling to start certifying new DOCSIS 3.1 equipment for the cable industry’s use as early as next spring, reports Light Reading. DOCSIS 3.1 is expressly designed for the imminent Gigabit Era and promises to enable cable operators to deliver downstream data speeds as high as 10 Gbits per second, and upstream speeds of 1 Gbit per second or more.

Senior technologists in the cable sector had previously stressed the urgency of refining and deploying cable’s next-generation broadband standard as quickly as possible. CableLabs plans to begin formal certification testing of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modems and broadband gateways in the second quarter of 2015, after some earlier lab trials beginning at the end of this year. CableLabs CTO Ralph Brown said his group is now putting the finishing touches on its testing plans for the latest DOCSIS specification.

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