Arris recently pushed back the retail debut of their first DOCSIS 3.1 modem. This modem is named SB8200 and the release of the modem is postponed to sometime in 2017, but the packaging of the modem that appeared on the DSL Reports message boards has the Cox Communications logo and Comcast Xfinity brand on it.
Arris bagged CableLabs certification for the SB8200 modem last year, and it seems that both Cox Communications and Comcast have cleared the use of this modem on their networks. SB8200 is one of the modems approved by Cox Communications. Cox is currently working on one of their important 1Gig initiatives, and they recently said that they would release their D3.1 rollout plans in the upcoming weeks.
Comcast has been expanding their trials on DOCSIS 3.1 modems as well, as they are preparing to launch 1Gig broadband internet making use of DOCSIS 3.1 in many of their new markets by early 2017. Currently, they are running consumer trials in Chicago, Nashville, and Atlanta. They also announced that Miami and Detroit would be added to the list soon.
Like other D3.1 modems, the SB8200 is a hybrid modem that is compatible with both DOCSIS 3.1 and DOCSIS 3.0 networks. It is reported that the D3.0 side of the modem is capable of bonding up to 32 downstream 6 MHz wide channels and 8 upstream channels.
The packaging of the modem also shows how the D3.1 modem and its capabilities will be marketed to the users, urging them to “invest in the future.” Among the points highlighted on the cover, it says that the modem would be “Perfect for 4K Ultra-HD Video Streaming.”
Cox Communications and Comcast Xfinity have also approved the first DOCSIS 3.1 modem from Netgear. This device is named the CM1000 and is available for 179.99 dollars. Meanwhile, Arris has not yet announced the pricing of their SB8200 modem.
At CES 2017, Linksys announced that they are also planning to launch a DOCSIS 3.1 modem by April. This modem will be named CMS3132 and will cost around 199.99 dollars. Zoom Telephonics, which has the license to use the Motorola branding, also has a DOCSIS 3.1 modem in their latest products roadmap.