Light Reading

FiOS Tracker

Raymond McConville
4/12/2007
50%
50%

9:00 AM -- Welcome to the FiOS Tracker, a recurring series that will attempt to keep you up to date on the happenings of Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)'s high-fiber service. This collection of notes, links, and news will be assembled with the help of our resident FiOS fanatic Raymond McConville, a loyal Time Warner Cable subscriber. Here's what's going on:

  • Arlington becomes the latest town in Massachussetts to have FiOS TV service made available. That makes 40 Massachussetts counties that now have FiOS. Sorry, Bostonians. No FiOS for you yet. (See Fiber-to-the-MDU: Verizon's Manhattan Project.)
  • Cable's FiOS killer is catching on in Japan as one carrier this week announced it would deploy a 160-Mbit/s service based on pre-Docsis 3.0 wideband gear. (See Japanese MSO Moves 160 Mbit/s.)
  • FiOS comes to Venice, Fla., for about 21,000 homes. Verizon is also expected to make the town just like its Italian namesake by destroying the sewers and flooding the streets. (See What Price FiOS?)
— Phil Harvey, Dialup Editor, Light Reading

(5)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Raymond McConville
50%
50%
Raymond McConville,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:10:25 PM
re: FiOS Tracker
Ah, but we did say "no FiOS for you YET."

You seem to have left that word out of the quote in your subject line. No doubt FiOS is coming to the big cities, but it's not there YET. Unless you attribute a few scattered buildings in one neighborhood on the outskirts of Boston to an arrival that is.
Duh!
50%
50%
Duh!,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 3:10:25 PM
re: FiOS Tracker
Not quite:

Boston Globe, Nov. 2, 2006
An urban fiber-optic challenge
Verizon to use Dorchester as a test site for bringing high-speed Net into cities
By Keith Reed, Globe Staff | November 2, 2006

Verizon Communications Inc. is installing fiber-optic Internet service in Dorchester, using Boston's biggest, and one of its most diverse neighborhoods, as a test site for the challenges the company will face in bringing "FiOS" to urban areas nationwide.

But relatively few Dorchester residents will be able to get the high-speed service, which promises download speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon's popular digital subscriber line service, any time soon. Verizon says installation is moving at a snail's pace because it's harder to run lines in an urban setting than in the neat, suburban grids where most of the more than 100,000 Massachusetts residents live who already subscribe to FiOS.

"We're starting to dip our toes in the water in places like Dorchester because we get a sense of what it's like to install fiber in urban areas where you have to go underground, under the streets," said Philip G. Santoro , a company spokesman.

...
Installing fiber in suburbs where many of the homes are detached single-family structures tends to be easy: Connect a wire from a telephone pole to a box called an optical network terminal on the side of the house. But cities are a challenge. Many utility lines are underground instead of on poles, and dropping fiber under streets involves opening manholes, pumping out water and dangerous gases, then sending in work crews. "And you have to repeat that every 150 to 200 feet," Santoro said.

...
It takes five times as long to design the network for a city neighborhood than it does in the suburbs, Santoro said.

Verizon crews can run 70 feet of fiber-optic cable per hour in the suburbs, compared to 20 feet per hour in urban areas.

...
Installation in Dorchester started in the first quarter of 2006 but the company didn't begin advertising its availability until August , mostly through mailings to homes that are close enough to the new lines to be eligible for the service. Verizon won't say how many local FiOS subscribers it has in Massachusetts nor will it say exactly how many it has in Dorchester. Santoro acknowledged there are few in Dorchester because the service is so new there.

By installing fiber optics in an ethnically diverse neighborhood populated mostly by middle-class and low-income people, the company may be able to refute critics who have accused Verizon of high-tech redlining.




Duh!
50%
50%
Duh!,
User Rank: Light Sabre
12/5/2012 | 3:10:22 PM
re: FiOS Tracker
Ah, but I did say "Not **quite**".

VZ is clearly dipping a cautious toe in the water, to see what it takes to deploy and market FTTH in a low-rise urban area. Dorchester is an interesting choice, if you know Boston urban geography and demographics. I predict they'll get take rate for FiOS TV at the high end of expectations, especially if they're able to get enough international programming in the right packages at the right price.

Those of us who've been around Boston for a while also remember how long it took Continental Cablevision to bring up cable to most of the city. For a long time, there was an impasse in the historic Beacon Hill and Back Bay neighborhoods over aerial vs buried construction, and then over permitting for the burial. Will be intreresting to see how all this plays out for VZ.
msilbey
50%
50%
msilbey,
User Rank: Blogger
12/5/2012 | 3:10:20 PM
re: FiOS Tracker
Singapore is also pushing pre-DOCSIS 3.0 services. And according to Starhub's Thomas EE, the Singapore operator's seen an increase in subscription data services since it's improved its bandwidth capacity. (More here: http://connectedhome2go.com/20...

How soon will US MSOs follow suit?
NetworkMercenary
50%
50%
NetworkMercenary,
User Rank: Light Beer
12/5/2012 | 3:10:14 PM
re: FiOS Tracker
Excellent question...I hope soon, as the MSO's don't really have much other choice to compete across all market/product segments other than using 3Ghz equipment from Vyyo, as Starhub has chosen.
More Blogs from The Philter
There's an interesting tension between how much SDN can benefit service providers and how it could threaten their established businesses
Stanford's Nick McKeown says SDN won't take hold until networking equipment vendors give up some control
OneAPI may provide developers a reason to build apps and content for networks, not just mobile operating systems
Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg defends his company's managed services deals and says he'd rather invest in R&D than make expensive acquisitions
Use our message boards to share photos from your Barcelona experience this week
Flash Poll
From The Founder
Last week I dropped in on "Hotlanta," Georgia to moderate Light Reading's inaugural DroneComm conference – a unique colloquium investigating the potential for drone communications to disrupt the world's telecom ecosystem. As you will see, it was a day of exploration and epiphany...
LRTV Documentaries
Verizon's Emmons: SDN Key to Cost-Effective Scaling

5|22|15   |   03:53   |   (0) comments


For Verizon and other network operators to ramp up available bandwidth cost effectively, they need to move to SDN and agree on how to do that.
LRTV Documentaries
Lack of Universal SDN a Challenge

5|21|15   |   04:51   |   (3) comments


Heavy Reading Analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how uncertainty about SDN standards and approaches may be slowing deployment.
LRTV Custom TV
Steve Vogelsang Interview: Carrier SDN

5|20|15   |   05:02   |   (0) comments


Sterling Perrin speaks to Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, about the new Carrier SDN-enabling Network Services Platform and the operator challenges it solves.
LRTV Custom TV
Carrier SDN: On-Demand Networks for an On-Demand World

5|20|15   |   20:52   |   (0) comments


Steve Vogelsang, Alcatel-Lucent CTO for IP Routing & Transport business, talks about requirements and benefits of Carrier SDN during the keynote address at the Light Reading Carrier SDN event May 2015.
LRTV Documentaries
The Security Challenge of SDN

5|19|15   |   02:52   |   (0) comments


CenturyLink VP James Feger discusses concerns that virtualization could create new vulnerabilities unless network operators build in safeguards.
LRTV Custom TV
NFV Elasticity – Highly Available VNF Scale-Out Architectures for the Mobile Edge

5|18|15   |   5:50   |   (0) comments


Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech Networks and Communications Group talk about their NFV Elasticity initiative and the company's latest platforms for deploying virtual network functions at the edge of the network. Packetarium XL and the new Versatile Server Module: 'designed to reach parts of the network that other servers cannot reach.'
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Bay Area Spark Meetup 2015

5|14|15   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


Developed in 2009, Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use and sophisticated analytics. This spring, Huawei hosted a meetup for Spark developers and data scientists in Santa Clara, California. Light Reading spoke with organizers and attendees about Huawei's code contributions and long-term commitment to Spark.
LRTV Custom TV
The Transport SDN Buzz

5|12|15   |   06:01   |   (1) comment


Sterling Perrin, senior analyst at Heavy Reading, speaks with Peter Ashwood-Smith of Huawei and Guru Parulkar of ON.Lab about the evolution of transport SDN and the integration of technologies.
LRTV Custom TV
Next-Generation CCAP: Cisco cBR-8 Evolved CCAP

5|5|15   |   04:49   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explained the innovation design of Cisco's cBR-8, the industry's first Evolved CCAP, including DOCSIS 3.1 design from ground-up, distributed CCAP with Remote PHY and path to virtualization. Cisco's cBR-8 Evolved CCAP is the platform that will last through the transitions.
LRTV Custom TV
Meeting the Demands of Bandwidth & Service Group Growth

5|1|15   |   5:35   |   (0) comments


Jorge Salinger, Comcast's Vice President of Access Architecture, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 and multi-service CCAP can meet the demands of the bandwidth and service group growth.
LRTV Custom TV
DOCSIS 3.1: Transforming Cable From Hardware-Defined Network to Software-Defined Network

4|29|15   |   03:48   |   (0) comments


John Chapman, Cisco's CTO of Cable Access Business Unit and Cisco Fellow, explains how DOCSIS 3.1 can transform cable HFC network to a more agile software-defined network.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Predicting Traffic Patterns for Quality Mobile Broadband

4|29|15   |   6:45   |   (0) comments


Accessing information ubiquitously creates complexity and creates heavy traffic onto the network, especially at large-scale events like sporting events or festivals. In this video, Huawei's Mohammad Hussain speaks to experts about how to predict traffic and improve user experience during periods of heavy traffic.
Upcoming Live Events
June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
September 29-30, 2015, The Westin Grand Müchen, Munich, Germany
October 6, 2015, The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
October 6, 2015, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
Network functions virtualization (NFV) is not the easiest of topics to take on board, so here's a Light Reading infographic, developed following conversations with the folks at HP, that helps make sense of where NFV is taking the industry.
Hot Topics
Verizon Saves 60% Swapping Copper for Fiber
Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 5/19/2015
Choosing a Technology Supplier? Consider Changing Your Selection Criteria
Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 5/18/2015
Chattanooga Charts Killer Gigabit Apps
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/20/2015
10 Alternate Uses for Tablets
Eryn Leavens, Copy Desk Editor, 5/22/2015
Smarter 'Dumb' TVs Will Drive OTT Adoption
Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/18/2015
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
Webinar Archive
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
With 200 customers in 60 countries, Stockholm-based Net Insight has carved out a solid leadership position in one of the hottest vertical markets going in comms right now: helping service providers and broadcasters deliver video and other multimedia traffic over IP networks. How has Net Insight managed to achieve this success in the face of immense competition from the industry giants?
My ongoing interview tour of the leading minds of the telecom industry recently took me to Richardson, Texas, where I met with Rod Naphan, CTO and SVP, Solutions, ...
I recently popped down to Texas to chat with CEO Eric L. Pratt about his company, Taqua.
Cats with Phones