Motorola's SB6120 is first retail DOCSIS 3.0 cable model available

Consumers always want more from our sources of entertainment; more channels on TV, more minutes on mobile phones, and faster speeds from internet connections. Thankfully, there is an ongoing march by providers offering more of what consumers want -- at a price.

Motorola has announced that it is launching the world's first retail DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem's in conjunction with Fry's Electronics according to Engadget. The modem in question is the Motorola SURFboard SB6120 DOCSIS 3.0 eXtreme cable modem. Motorola says that this is the first time that a DOCSIS 3.0 modem has been offered via retail sales outlets and the SB6120 is the same modem available to cable providers.

“We’re witnessing the greatest advancement in DOCSIS cable modems in more than ten years, and Fry’s Electronics is at the forefront of the retail DOCSIS 3.0 movement,” said Alan Lefkof, corporate vice president & general manager, Motorola Broadband Home Gateways & Software. “We are pleased to work with Fry’s Electronics and to provide consumers with high-end modem that will work with any form of DOCSIS network their cable operators provide.”

The DOCSIS 3.0 modem allows users to enjoy data speeds up to 4 times faster than DOCSIS 2.0 and supports high-bandwidth internet services like gaming and streaming HD video. The modem works with Motorola's NBBS Device Management Software platform and eCare solution for remote customer configuration.

To be able to take advantage of the much faster speeds that the DOCSIS 3.0 modem is capable of, the ISP has to offer DOCSIS 3.0 connectivity like the 101Mbps service that Cablevision unveiled in April. Comcast also offers DOCSIS 3.0 speeds in several areas of the country. Pricing on the SB6120 modem is unknown.

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