Altice and VOO have talked up the benefits of DOCSIS 3.1 technology as they trial and deploy kit from Cisco to boost their content offerings.

Altice’s French opco SFR has begun a DOCSIS 3.1 field trial as it looks to scale up its network in anticipation of providing more entertainment services.

Mobile operator SFR was merged with cableco Numericable in 2014.

In a bid to cement a converged offering to customers, it has launched its Zive video on demand service and announced plans to acquire a 49 percent stake in French broadcaster NextRadioTV.

The operator is using the Cisco’s cBR-8 converged broadband router for the trial and said it had hit speeds of more than 3GBps.

The US vendor’s tech will be rolled out across Altice’s footprint, which includes Portugal Telecom and Suddenlink in the United States.

Altice Group CTO Max Blumberg said: “The Gigabit field trial with SFR in France validates the significant transitions we are making with our cable networks to offer a host of unique entertainment experiences.

“With this technology, we are proving we will have the speed and efficiency it takes to support the uber-connected lives our customers lead.”

In Belgium, VOO is deploying Cisco’s cBR-8 converged cable access platform (CCAP) to increase network capacity.

The cableco competes with Liberty Global’s Telenet, Orange’s Mobistar and Proximus to offer quad-play services.

Dimension Data Belgium has been enlisted to stage, configure, install and maintain Cisco’s kit for the operator’s residential and business customers.

VOO Chief Technology Officer Tamara Leemans said: “With the advent of new technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1 and future technologies such as Full Duplex DOCSIS, cable can successfully compete against fiber-to-the-home deployments, and allow us to offer our consumer and business customers superior services at the speeds they require.”

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