& cplSiteName &

Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Carol Wilson
11/22/2010
50%
50%

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is throwing down the bandwidth gauntlet, offering Internet access at 150 Mbit/s downstream and 35 Mbit/s upstream to most of its FiOS footprint of 12.5 million homes.

That speed exceeds the 107Mbit/s (downstream) tier Suddenlink Communications unveiled this year and the 105Mbit/s service Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has made public in the ongoing battle for bandwidth bragging rights.

Verizon is particularly boastful of the upstream bandwidth, which exceeds anything cable will be able to match until US MSOs start bonding upstream channels. (See Moto CMTS Set to Bond With Cable's Upstream, CableLabs Eyes a Super-Sized Upstream , and Comcast: Upstream Bonding Tests Yield 'Sustained' 75 Mbit/s .)

The service costs $194.99 a month, when purchased with a Verizon wireline voice package and a one-year contract, and is immediately available to the majority of FiOS consumer customers, with small-to-medium-sized businesses targeted at year's end.

Verizon spokesman Cliff Lee says the company is already seeing demand for higher-speed service -- beyond the 50Meg/20Meg offering that is Verizon's fastest today -- and expects to see even more for applications including telework, video conferencing, high-volume file transfer, or multiple applications.

Lee sidestepped questions about upgrades required in metro or feeder networks to support multiple 150Mbit/s services in a given area, except to say that Verizon is always in the process of upgrading its networks. The company earlier this fall showed FiOS's ability to support a two-way 10-gigabit signal.

For more on the US service provider speed chase, check out these stories:

— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading

(29)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Page 1 / 3   >   >>
spc_markl
50%
50%
spc_markl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:49 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


How surprising would it be if Verizon got totally out of the local residential wireline business, including FiOS, and it spun off its business division -- entirely out of local landline within five years?


Mark Lutkowitz, Telecom Pragmatics

spc_markl
50%
50%
spc_markl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:48 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


That is not to say that Verizon would be totally correct in doing so.  The reality is that for better or for worse, the executives running Verizon are mainly wireless-centric -- they believe that all of its services should be provided via cellular -- they firmly think that wireline has run its course as an attractive business -- they want to get out of local wireline as soon as possible.


Mark

OldPOTS
50%
50%
OldPOTS,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:48 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


Thoght provoking


While residence need a lot of care and feeding,


the residential customers are needed for revenue to keep the lights on back in the network for wide distribution and hauling.


OP

cnwedit
50%
50%
cnwedit,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:47 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


I find it hard to believe that Verizon would walk away from the multi-billion investment it has made in FiOS. For one thing, a robust wireless network needs a lot of fiber - it's wireless only back to the base station, after all. Yes, the management is very wireless-centric, it's true, but they don't even own all of VZW yet.


Stranger things have happened.

paolo.franzoi
50%
50%
paolo.franzoi,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 4:17:46 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


 


I can only think of 1 company capable of offering the "right price" (AT&T). There would be massive integration challenges in integrating the local part of Verizon with AT&T.  Verizon still has some properties to dump (Upstate NY for an example), but there is nobody ready to pick those lines up.


seven


 

spc_markl
50%
50%
spc_markl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:46 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


They could not walk away from all of their fiber.  It would just be too expensive to get out of long-haul.  As you point out, they would still need backhaul.


Owning all of the VZW is just about in the bag.


They could walk away from the multi-billion investment for the right price.


Mark

spc_markl
50%
50%
spc_markl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:45 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


You may be right about AT&T perhaps being the only carrier to be able to afford the right price -- but over a five-year period, I would not totally rule out an independent --  or even an MSO.  Frankly, I do not think AT&T would be interested.  We may need to think outside the box on this type of purchase.


In terms of copper, you are correct that there is some immediate dumping of lines needed all over the western portion of Verizon's territory.  That will be the first priority.


We are talking about as long as five years to get rid of all of its copper including in the major metropolitan areas -- in which there should be several service providers, and likely just one, able to buy those assets within that time.  With the copper, it is more about not having to spend money in operating those copper lines than in necessarily getting the best price.  It is also about selecting a carrier that has established a good record in absorbing Verizon's lines.  We have not heard any horror stories coming out of Frontier, yet.


Mark

shygye75
50%
50%
shygye75,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 4:17:45 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


Does this message board have a virtual wedgie button?

spc_markl
50%
50%
spc_markl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:44 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


Mendyk,


When we first predicted that Verizon was going to sell off huge quantities of lines within its territory, people thought we were crazy then, too.


Mark

spc_markl
50%
50%
spc_markl,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 4:17:44 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown


It is our understanding that Google is taking a hard look at the FiOS assets.


Mark

Page 1 / 3   >   >>
Featured Video
From The Founder
John Chambers is still as passionate about business and innovation as he ever was at Cisco, finds Steve Saunders.
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
June 26, 2018, Nice, France
September 12, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
All Upcoming Live Events
Hot Topics
Telco Job Prospects Go From Bad to Worse
Iain Morris, News Editor, 6/22/2018
Larry Ellison Laughed at the Cloud, Now the Cloud Is Laughing Back
Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading, 6/20/2018
Mavenir's Billion-Dollar Blueprint
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 6/18/2018
5G Transport – Where Do We Start?
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, 6/21/2018
Animals with Phones
Backing Up Your Work Is Crucial Click Here
Live Digital Audio

A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed