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Cable is fast (and getting faster)

Cable enjoys the big advantage of wide availability. It runs over the same coaxial cables that carry TV service. So, if an area has cable TV, the area has cable Internet service. With the ability to span up to 99 miles, coaxial technology allows for the construction of very geographically diverse networks. Coax cables deliver much higher bandwidth than the twisted pair copper wire used for dial-up and DSL.

Cable Internet runs as fast as 100 Mbps in some areas. DOCSYS 3.1 modems capable of supporting 1 Gbps speeds are entering the market. How quickly cable providers adopt the new standards remains to be seen. Gigabyte performance should render the common cable user experience of service slowing down during peak hours a thing of the past. But where this new technology has not been deployed (and don’t expect it in areas of low population density outside of big cities and suburbs) bandwidth optimization can fill a critical performance gap.

The advent of gigabit cable service will not affect the extent of the area serviced because it will run on the existing cable network. As with fiber, the cable build-out is done. So, many locations will continue to be underserved as they watch the fast get faster.

With the exception of very large complexes, most businesses operate fine on 100 Mbps Internet service. But what about remote workers in small town branch offices, at warehouses or auxiliary facilities, or working from home? Acceleration Systems’ SaaS bandwidth optimization solutions can bring any location with underperforming Internet up to cable speeds without changing the underlying service.