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Is 100 Mbit/s Possible?

11:00 AM -- Possible? Yes. Practical? The jury is still out on that. Recently, we reported on the whole idea of delivering 100 Mbit/s of bandwidth to individual homes. Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) had come out as the only carrier stating that it had ambitious plans to one day deliver 100 Mbit/s to its customers over its FiOS network. (See Verizon Leads the Great 100-Mbit/s Bandwidth Race.)

This sparked a lot of discussion and some raised the question of whether such an endeavor is even feasible.

After all, if a central office serves 5,000 homes, it would have to have 500 Gbit/s on the other side of the OLT. That's a lot of PONs to stack in the shelf, not to mention a lot of bandwidth coming out of the CO. Verizon doesn't have any tricks up its sleeve to get around this, from what we've learned. Technology wise, they certainly can do it, but does it make sense from a business perspective? We'll find out.

— Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 2:58:42 PM
re: Is 100 Mbit/s Possible? How about true 100Mb/sec up and down links and even 1Gb/sec to your house (for $395/month)?

About the whole 1 gigabit/s thing....at the MoCA conference this week they talked about a future 2.0 version that can net 400 Mbit/s over the in-home coax network...but they also discussed the idea of a roadmap that eventually takes the in-home networking capabilities to 1 gbps...so we'll see how that matches up with the data speeds that are entering the home...how soon, hard to say, but Verizon estimates they'll need 400 Mbit/s inside the home in 2 years:

http://www.lightreading.com/do...

Jeff


opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 2:58:42 PM
re: Is 100 Mbit/s Possible? How about true 100Mb/sec up and down links and even 1Gb/sec to your house (for $395/month)?
http://www.broadbandproperties...

Although what Verizon is doing is impressive for its scale, some of the really interesting things are going on in these little network developments found in pockets spread all over the country.
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