updated 04:10 pm EDT, Thu June 11, 2009
Qwest 40Mbps DSL Soon
Internet provider Qwest is planning to fight off faster cable and fiber optic access with an ultra high-speed option of its own, an insider says. A source within Qwest tells BBR the company is rolling out a VDSL2 infrastructure that resembles fiber-to-the-node and would more than double existing speeds. Downstream bandwidth would be twice as fast at 40Mbps, but upload speed would jump from 896Kbps to 20Mbps on the best possible plan.
This maximum tier, dubbed Ultimate+, would cost $110 per month, or just slightly higher than Comcast's $100 50Mbps service. A slightly downgraded Ultimate service would reduce only the upload speed to 5Mbps in return for a cheaper $100 service. Other more conventional levels of access would also get upgrades as a result, with Platinum+, Titanium+ and Quantum+ having speeds of 7Mbps, 12Mbps and 20Mbps downstream while all uploading at 5Mbps.
If the tip is accurate, Qwest would launch its VDSL2 as soon as this month in Denver and would focus primarily on urbanized areas.