Mediacom showcases first-ever 10G Smart Home in Ames

U.S. broadband company Mediacom held yesterday what it says is the first U.S. field trial of the cable industry’s new 10G platform, a technology that will be capable of pushing 1 gigabit offerings to 10 gigabits per second and beyond.

The test, aimed at showing the future of connected-living, was conducted in partnership with CableLabs and the Internet & Television Association (NCTA) during a smart home event in Ames. 

The home featured more than 70 Internet-enabled devices, many of which are bandwidth intensive and require low latency. Some examples of devices shown during the showcase included:

  • An 8K UHD HDR Smart TV
  • An array of smart kitchen appliances that use IoT technology
  • Telemedicine connections to improve patient engagement and care
  • Home automation technology that allows control of the environment with one tap or command
  • E-gaming played with low latency and seamless engagement and interactivity
  • Immersive entertainment experiences
  • Virtual and augmented reality applications powered by the body’s own electricity to de-stress and quiet the mind
  • A variety of other technologies that can help with pet care, working from home, and distance learning

“Mediacom worked with CommScope and other leading tech companies to move 10G from a laboratory concept to a real world consumer experience,” said Mediacom CTO, JR Walden. “Similar to our rapid deployment of 1-Gig across our national network in 2017, the beauty of 10G is that it’s extremely scalable within our existing network infrastructure. This means the compelling demos we showcased today in Ames will be part of the near future for Mediacom customers.”

What is 10G?

The “G” in 10G is a reference to how fast the service will go, as in 10 gigabits per second. The “G” in 5G means generation, as in the 5th generation of cellular technology. 5G and 10G are not incompatible, in fact, they’re complementary. 5G networks are for wireless/mobile connectivity, while 10G is wired. However, 5G wireless does rely on high-speed fixed broadband to carry data traffic. 10G will be integral to the development of wireless services as we move towards 5G. And, because it is wired, it will have greater penetration in areas where 5G cells are not prevalent.

Three of the biggest benefits of 10G will be in the areas of reliability, latency and security. As the number of devices we use in homes and businesses grows exponentially, 10G will have the capacity to power them all efficiently, more quickly and with greater customer protection.

The industry-wide initiative to implement 10G aims to make 10G widely available across the United States by 2025, Larsen said. They hope to conduct all of the field trials, of which Ames is the first to officially kick off in a residential setting, by the end of this year. 

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