Verizon is prepping a business-class fiber service called ViOS

Phil Harvey, Editor-in-Chief

October 23, 2006

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Verizon: Make Way for ViOS

First there was FiOS. Now, there's ViOS.

In an exclusive LRTV interview taping at Light Reading's Ethernet Expo on Monday, Verizon Enterprise Solutions 's VP of Advanced Data and IP Services, Tom Roche, let slip that his company is cooking up a new brand of fiber-based services for business called ViOS -- Verizon Integrated Optical Services.

Here's the video clip with Roche's fiber revelation: Verizon ViOS: Coming Soon.

"What ViOS will provide is a single infrastructure that allows connectivity to our converged packet access switch," Roche says. That access will allow Verizon to provide a number of business services over a managed fiber connection. And, for Verizon, it will build on the success and experience the company has gained since launching its residential fiber access service, FiOS, more than two years ago.

As in the consumer market, a straight fiber connection will give businesses a bandwidth boost. That can enable clearer calls, as well as more widespread use of Web conferencing tools and remote access software. More importantly, it will allow for all sorts of video-based business services that would push the limits of today's copper-based access technologies.

Roche didn't disclose any other details, at the insistence of his PR handlers. And he flubbed a word or two when talking of the timeframe, so we'll have to guess what he really meant. But we'll work to ferret out the details as they become available.

— Phil Harvey, News Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Phil Harvey

Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

Phil Harvey has been a Light Reading writer and editor for more than 18 years combined. He began his second tour as the site's chief editor in April 2020.

His interest in speed and scale means he often covers optical networking and the foundational technologies powering the modern Internet.

Harvey covered networking, Internet infrastructure and dot-com mania in the late 90s for Silicon Valley magazines like UPSIDE and Red Herring before joining Light Reading (for the first time) in late 2000.

After moving to the Republic of Texas, Harvey spent eight years as a contributing tech writer for D CEO magazine, producing columns about tech advances in everything from supercomputing to cellphone recycling.

Harvey is an avid photographer and camera collector – if you accept that compulsive shopping and "collecting" are the same.

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