Verizon is the first telecommunications company in the world to successfully field-test a passive optical network system

December 16, 2009

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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Verizon is the first telecommunications company in the world to successfully field-test a passive optical network system known as XG PON that can transmit data at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) downstream and 2.4 Gbps upstream, four times as fast as the current top transmission speeds supporting the company’s all-fiber FiOS network.

The test, conducted recently in southern Massachusetts sets the stage for Verizon to meet the emerging customer demand for a wide variety of devices and applications that require a network capable of transmitting large amounts of data at very high speeds. The devices and applications could include unicast HD video streaming, ultra-high-definition video, 3D video, user-generated content distribution, video conferencing and new high-speed data services for medium and large business customers.

The XG-PON signal was tested independently on a dedicated passive optical network (PON) as well as overlaid on a fiber providing FiOS service to a customer. The overlay test verified there was no interference between the XG-PON signals and the regular FiOS signal using gigabit passive optical network (GPON) technology and running at 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.24 Gbps upstream.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ)

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