Verizon Shows FiOS Can Deliver Gig-E
The announcement comes as major cable players are ratcheting up the bandwidth they offer and is intended to show that Verizon can stay ahead in the bandwidth delivery game using the existing equipment it has deployed in FiOS. (See Comcast's Target: 105-Meg D3 Downstream .)
The trial involved a Motorola GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) system, which supports total throughput of 2.4 Gbit/s downstream and 1.2 Gbit/s upstream.
By showing its ability to deliver Gigabit Ethernet services over the network, Verizon is proving it can support business offerings such as cloud-based services, remote storage, and 3DTV.
Verizon's ability to support wireless backhaul off the existing local fiber access network is another critical reason for its fiber investment.
In the Taunton test, Verizon brought a new fiber connection from an existing GPON system within its central office to a second Optical Network Terminal (ONT) installed at the customer premises and provisioned for the 1-Gbit/s service tier. The testing involved both the local connection and an Internet link measured by a regional speed test server more than 400 miles away.
Throughput was measured at 925 Mbit/s — Megabits per Second to the local server and more than 800 Mbit/s to the regional test speed servers.
— Carol Wilson, Chief Editor, Events, Light Reading