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Numericable Group
10 January 2012

Very high speed broabband

At 4 Gigabits per second, Numericable beats the world record for speed with its Cisco network.

On 23 December 2011, at the company’s technology headquarters in Champs-sur-Marne, the speed record on standard home customer connection was smashed by a Numericable network equipped with Cisco CMTS routers.

By maintaining a consistent broadband speed of 4 Gigabits per second (4,000 megabits per second) for over an hour, the engineers at Numericable’s very-high-speed broadband lab, in partnership with the teams at Cisco France, surpassed the speeds that had previously been achieved on a standard home connection by using an existing technology which has already been deployed on a large scale (DOCSIS + FTTB).

This record illustrates the efficiency and robustness of the DOCSIS 3.0 technology that has been implemented within Cisco solutions. Based on an infrastructure that has already been widely deployed in France by Numericable, which is mainly used for very-high-speed broadband throughout the world - notably by NTT DoCoMo, Verizon, etc. - this technology offers a quick and economical way to ramp-up broadband speeds for millions of homes.

With 470,000 very-high-speed broadband subscribers at the end of 2011, compared to a combined total of 175,000 across all other fibre networks, Numericable is the undisputed leader for very-high-speed broadband in mainland France.

When speaking about this record, Eric Denoyer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Numericable, commented:

“The decision to use DOCSIS 3.0 technology and FTTB architecture gives us the necessary leeway to be able to respond to and anticipate our customers’ expectations. This record of 4 Gigabits per second is a great success for us, and it is the quality of our network that allows us to offer a connection speed of 200 Megabits per second to more than one million homes.

The reliability of Cisco solutions allows us to provide a new generation of services more easily, such as high definition video and 3D on demand, the television-Internet convergence and the sharing of personal data. It’s a sign of the technological prowess of our company and the response to the expectations of our customers.”


Robert Vassoyan, Chief Executive Officer of Cisco France, added:

“Numericable has once again demonstrated its capacity for innovation. We are very proud to have contributed towards achieving this record, which clearly illustrates the strength of the partnership between the service supplier and the manufacturer.”

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