Verizon Shows FiOS Can Deliver Gig-E

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) says its FiOS network is capable of delivering almost 1 Gbit/s (gigabits per second) to consumers, based on a live field trial involving a Taunton, Mass., business user of the fiber-to-the-premises network. (See Verizon Demos 925 Mbit/s on FiOS.)

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

bw 12/5/2012 | 4:26:38 PM
re: Verizon Shows FiOS Can Deliver Gig-E

PON suppose to be a point to multiple point technology. yes, if you only have one customers attached to the OLT in CO, you can provision and get high speed up to GbE, equivalent to a point-to-point GbE link.. Once you load up with 16 or 32 customers on the ONU side, you loss bandwidth quickly. So Verizon is saying I can use FiOs to deliver 1Gb/s to a single customer with GPON, if only this customer attached to the OLT. what's the fuss? This is equivalent to drop a dedicated line to a customer and offer the customer a GbE link..I guess the point is that this dedicated line can be attached to the same GPON OLT..


gigeguy 12/5/2012 | 4:26:36 PM
re: Verizon Shows FiOS Can Deliver Gig-E

I believe the "fuss" is using GPON to deliver a GIGE business-oriented service, as opposed to the usual FiOS services such as best-effort Internet and consumer video. So it's the particular service delivered, rather than the raw speed.


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