Huawei and Tele Danmark Communications (TDC) are teaming up to upgrade TDC’s coaxial network in Denmark, making it the first country in the world to upgrade an entire cable network to “Giga coax.”

The service will roll out this summer, with a goal of completion by the end of 2017. Afterward, TDC’s coaxial network will be able to provide broadband speeds up to 1 gbps.

In a report from the International Telecommunication Union in December 2015, Denmark was rated the second best country in the world for internet speeds and percentage of households with a computer.

"It is the most ambitious and comprehensive upgrades we have ever made in our cable network and at the same time it is one of the largest investments in digital infrastructure we have seen in Denmark,” said Pernille Erenbjerg, CEO of TDC. “We are opening a high-way for digital entertainment media where only the imagination sets the limits and not the speed.”

That speed comes with D3.1-compliant architecture, which follows on TDC being the first group to deploy a D3.0 network in Europe. About half of all households in Denmark will have access to 1 gbps speeds, well beyond the country’s political internet proliferation goals.

The D3.1 standard is still in its very early stages, said Zha Jun, president of Huawei’s Fixed Network Product Line. “Huawei's cooperation with TDC and other industry players to build industry-leading Giga coax networks will greatly promote DOCSIS 3.1 commercialization worldwide and help establish a mature industry ecosystem,” he said.

Upgrading coaxial networks to the gigabit level allows multi-service operators to offer IP-based and customized video services, while the D3.1 standard allows one coaxial cable to provide a maximum bandwidth of 2 gb/s uplink and 10 gb/s downlink.