DOCSIS technology explained
Today’s digitally savvy guests are becoming more and more demanding, a guest-room Smart TV is no longer seen as a luxury, it's perceived as a standard amenity. Until recently however, a significant barrier has prevented many hotels upgrading to a smart TV system.
Smart TVs require wired ethernet. The subsequent installation of this and the replacement of existing coaxial cabling (that runs throughout the majority of hotels) is expensive and disruptive. Step forward DOCSIS technology:
DOCSIS - turning RF into IP
What is it?
DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification) is an international telecommunications standard that enables the delivery of an IP service over coaxial cable. Simply speaking, this allows the distribution of a smart service without having to upgrade existing coaxial infrastructure.
Why is it useful?
The upgrade of a hotel's network infrastructure to incorporate a CAT 5/6 (ethernet) system is not always possible. Typical barriers include a lack of available funding, concerns about guest disruption or complicated building regulations. DOCSIS provides another option.
Is it expensive?
A DOCSIS enabled television is a little more expensive than a similar sized SMART TV, however this differential is likely to be dwarfed by the cost-saving against an ethernet cabling installation.
How can I find out more?