German cable ISP hits 4.7Gbps Internet speeds via existing infrastructure

By on June 1, 2012, 2:30 PM

Kabel Deutschland, Germany's largest cable provider, claims to have broken Internet speed records yesterday. While besting existing network throughput records seems to be a frequent occurrence, Kabel Deutschland's 4.7Gbps demonstration utilized standards, technology and infrastructure that already commonly exist.

Arris, the manufacturer of modems used by Kabel Deutschland, was proud to announce the cable provider's achievement in this press release

"This demonstrates that today's HFC plant has the capacity to deliver a full IP video load, and that the entire HFC plant can be converted into one or more enormous pipes to meet future consumer bandwidth demands, using current technology and networks," noted Tom Cloonan, ARRIS CTO, Network Solutions.  "We congratulate Kabel Deutschland on pushing through existing barriers to deliver their customers the services of tomorrow, today."

Source: Arris press release (

The enviable speed was achieved at a school in Schwerin, Germany with a local infrastructure comprised of both optical fiber and coaxial cable. Although the facility relies mostly on coaxial cable, it is worth mentioning the school's HFC (hybrid fiber-coax) plant had recently been upgraded to 862MHz, the standard cut-off point for high-end coax.

To reach 4.7Gbps, Kabel Deutschland bonded twelve DOCSIS 3.0 Arris Touchstone CM820 cable modems together. Network bonding is a method of combining multiple network links into a single, logical link. Each modem would aggregate eight data channels at 8MHz per channel adding up to potentially 768MHz of channel bandwidth, a figure very close to the network's physical limits.

As an aside, unlike Europe's DOCSIS (or "EuroDOCSIS") which operates with 8MHz channels, DOCSIS in the U.S. utilizes 6MHz channels due to differences between PAL and ATSC standards. Narrower channels means less bandwidth per stream, so it is interesting to note that the same demonstration would have likely been more difficult and costly in the U.S. if utilizing the same technologies.

Kabel Deutschland's CTO, Lorenz Glatz, offered some perspective on what 4.7Gbps means to everyday web surfers.

Using this technology, a feature length movie could theoretically be downloaded in 8 seconds – at speeds faster than a standard laptop or modem can even process – demonstrating that today's broadband cable network is already a high performance and sustainable infrastructure offering huge untapped potential.

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Guest said:

They still can't surpass my super-speedy 4Mbps.

Neojt said:

There you go thats the spirit

Adhmuz Adhmuz, TechSpot Paladin, said:

For the average consumer this means little to nothing as usual, like most advances in the networking world. For business it means not having to upgrade your lines for another couple of years. Its fast, for a coax cable. Recently at a LAN here in Montreal they had 5Gbps supplied by Videotron, slightly faster but that was using fiber.

soldier1969 soldier1969 said:

Still alot cheaper here in the US, I get 60mbs down 15mbs up for $80 a month docsis 3.0 on Comcast cable. 98 % faster than the rest of the US.

gobbybobby said:

I just got upgraded from 1 Meg to 2 Megs meaning I now meet the required 2 meg minimum for every home set by the government.

now my ISP doesn't have to spend a penny upgrading my line till 2017 which I think is a min of 10 meg...

YAY British telecommunication. (BT my ISP)

Guest said:

here in romania I download on torrent with 10 MB/s for 7,5 euro. and phone subscripition.:)

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

<p>I just got upgraded from 1 Meg to 2 Megs meaning I now meet the required 2 meg minimum for every home set by the government. </p>

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<p>now my ISP doesn't have to spend a penny upgrading my line till 2017 which I think is a min of 10 meg... </p>

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<p>YAY British telecommunication. (BT my ISP)</p>

That Sucks, BT have just sent us a letter to say we can get Infinity 2 to our house.

78MB down and 20MB up ... Hope they do this to the rest of the country!

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