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Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

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

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paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 4:17:44 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

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A cable company might work.&nbsp; There is a huge issue for IOCs in the urban areas.&nbsp; The USF funding is based around having lots of high cost loop support which is based around having lots of long loops in a LATA.&nbsp; Once you start sucking in large urban properties, you lose these subsidiaries.


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Scott Raynovich 12/5/2012 | 4:17:43 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Mark,


Are you saying you think "mendyk" is anonymous?


Hmmm. Interesting. As an analyst, it's pretty easy to figure out.


--Scott

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:43 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Why don't you make an argument instead of a personal attack?


Why don't you put together a petition?&nbsp; I am getting a little tired of suffering anonymous fools anyway.&nbsp;


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shygye75 12/5/2012 | 4:17:43 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

"Crazy" is not the word that comes to mind regarding a growing number of your growing number of posts.

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:42 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Dennis,


Please see my most recent post that I meant to send directly to you.


Mark

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:42 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Dear Dennis,


I sincerely apologize.&nbsp; Forgive me, but I was ignorant of your actual identity.&nbsp; I appreciate the opportunity to express my views.&nbsp; I tried not to post unless I really had something to say.&nbsp; But I guess I had a lot of bottled-up stuff over several years.&nbsp; I also thought I was being of some service in getting some threads going.&nbsp;


My deep respect for Light Reading goes back to your early days.&nbsp; Thank you for letting me be a part of it for a little while.


Best regards,


Mark

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:42 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Scott,


It is great to hear from you.&nbsp; I figured it out.&nbsp; I am going to take an extensive, if not permanent break.


Mark

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:41 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

My assumption is that it will retain enough fiber capacity to deal with connecting to this traffic.&nbsp; All of the fiber would not go away including for backhaul, long-distance, and directly to the enterprises.&nbsp; I have to also assume that a certain amount of metro infrastructure will be retained.&nbsp;


There is apparently a high level of confidence at Verizon that all of these separations -- copper for voice/DSL that would most likely go to Frontier, data and video services over fiber (that could go to Google), fiber to the business (which would likely be spun off), etc., can all be separated fairly neatly.&nbsp; Maybe the biggest concern anticipated is in transitioning the customers to getting two bills, instead of one.&nbsp;


It is hardly out of the question that if Verizon went ahead with such a plan, it could turn out to be a big mistake.


Mark

shygye75 12/5/2012 | 4:17:41 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Given the reality of mobile networks -- that access points will become increasingly distributed via technologies like wifi, mifi, and femtos, all of which will require high-end broadband wireline connectivity, to keep up with crushing traffic loads -- wouldn't the sell-off option be a dreadful mistake? I mean, even assuming there would be buyers?

spc_markl 12/5/2012 | 4:17:41 PM
re: Verizon 150-Meg Tier Usurps Cable's Speed Crown

Thank you.&nbsp; We understand that this Verizon game plan is being actively discussed at the company.&nbsp; Of course, everything is always subject to change.


Mark

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