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Verizon tests 10Gbps FiOS backbone

updated 06:00 pm EST, Wed December 16, 2009

Verizon fiber test promises 4X faster FiOS

Verizon teased the long-term future of its FiOS service today by confirming that it's the first to test a new form of passive fiber optic network that could dramatically increase the practical speeds of its Internet access. Called XG-PON, the test service has been shown running through a test FiOS home at up to 10Gbps downstream, or about four times faster than the existing 2.5Gbps infrastructure. Uploads are about twice as fast at 2.4Gbps versus 1.24Gbps on today's hardware.

The Waltham, Massachusetts test also showed that the two networks could coincide with each other in the same home and could theoretically provide as much as 12.5Gbps, or the literal combination of their two speeds.

Verizon cautions that the technology standard isn't due to be finalized until mid-2010 and that it will take time to deploy on the actual FiOS network. Also, such speeds are usually only seen at the local central office and will be limited once it's shared by a neighborhood. However, a direct translation of the speed increase to customers would lead to 200Mbps service and could enable greater-than-HD or 3D video streaming as well as much more headroom for content creation by the users themselves.



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  1. prl99

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    Verizon left town

    When I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I found that Verizon was our local phone company. I knew about FiOS so I checked to see when it would be available. Not on the books to be installed at any time. Later, I read that Verizon wanted to dump the entire Pacific Northwest, giving us to Frontier Communications, a small company from Connecticut. People complain about Comcast and AT&T but at least I can get phone, cable, and fast internet service through Comcast, something I couldn't get through Verizon and now I'm not sure we'll ever be able to get it. Verizon can talk all they want to but until they can deliver in a major market like ours, I'll stay with what I have and not get sucked into their marketing.

  1. emig647

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    prl99... sorry

    I'm in Oregon and we have FiOS here. I love it, one of the reasons I refuse to move out of this town. It really is fast as h***. I currently have 20mbps / 20mbps, and I can't wait for MORE!!!! :)

    This is great news, my dream would to be able to stream full 1080p 10+ Mbps video off the internet to my TV. Sounds like it's in the cards now.

  1. chefpastry

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    Upstream

    I wish my ISP (Time Warner/Road Runner) gave decent upstream like Verizon. It sucks having to keep torrents open for days to keep ratios up because the upstream speed sare so pathetic.

  1. REZOLUTION

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    FIOS FANTASY

    Golly...wished I lived in...oh...maybe Iowa. Because in a big city like Los Angeles the Verizon Fios network doesn't exist...at least I can't find it in the city limits. Despite living right in the middle of the media center, where fast internet is a requirement, we all have to deal with mediocre service providers. But I can dream - can't I?

  1. iphonerulez

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    TimeWarner NYC upstream speed sucks BIG TIME.

    Using Speakeasy.net's speedtest I'm getting 30,896 kbps down and stinking, lousy 493 kbps up. Can you believe any internet connection can be that lopsided in this day and age? Damn TWC all to h*** with their fast-as-fiber commercials. Besides TWC I have a huge choice of... nothing.

    Verizon started stringing fiber in April 2009 on my block and the fiber ends are still hanging in coils on the poles. Verizon is so damn slow. They call it saving the worst (ghetto) for last.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

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    of course

    you will still have a hard cap of 20Gb/month, so all this means is you get to that limit faster...

  1. chefpastry

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    @ of course

    Since when did Verizon place hard caps on their broadband service? At 100Gb/sec, a user can hit that cap in less than an hour!!!

  1. testudo

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    Re: @ of course

    There is no hard cap (if there were, I'd have heard about it long ago).

    But this isn't talking about 100Gb/sec service, either. Its 10Gb/sec. And that's the BACKBONE! Not what's going to your house.

  1. testudo

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    Re: Verizon left town

    Sorry Verizon left town. But I'm sure it was due to them having to do it because of lame anti-trust/anti-monopoly regulations keeping them from being the sole telecom provider in 100% of the country. Which is totally unfair, because since how could it be a bad thing if one company controlled all the telecom in the country. It could only help lower costs and save the consumer money.

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