FiOS Tracker

3:10 PM -- In an earlier edition of FiOS Tracker we complained that the New York based Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) was showing too much of a Boston bias. (See FiOS Tracker.) Since FiOS Tracker holds complete and unquestioned influence over the telco giant (in our dreams), it should come as no surprise that we've seen a surge in New York communities gaining FiOS TV service in the past week. (See FiOS Grows in NY and FiOS Expands in NY.)

In other news:

  • Now more than 87,000 residents of Prince George's County in Maryland have access to FiOS TV. (See FiOS Adds 87,000.) However on Prince Charles's estate in Wales, the outlook for FiOS coming any time soon is still bleak. As are most things in Wales.

  • Only Light Reading could find a way to make relevant mention of Lance Armstrong's unique attributes in a story about telco TV. (See How Will Telcos Avoid Me-Too TV?)

  • Verizon is always looking for ways to add more choices to its FiOS TV channel lineup and FiOS Tracker has a perfect suggetion: The Disco Network. All disco. All the time. With 24-hour content like this, how could you go wrong? Disco is already very popular here at LR as demonstrated by this footage of International News Editor Ray Le Maistre at our most recent office party.

    We're pretty sure that was Ray.

— Phil Harvey, Managing Editor, and Raymond McConville, Reporter, Light Reading

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Mark Sullivan 12/5/2012 | 3:08:15 PM
re: FiOS Tracker The retro flavor of FiOS TV shouldn't be surprising. FiOS is a 21st century network delivering a 20th century video service (cable).

Hi Phil
digits 12/5/2012 | 3:08:15 PM
re: FiOS Tracker I'm sure I asked my mother never to make that home vidoe footage publicly available, but looks like she couldn't hold back...

Ray 'The Hips' Le Maistre
dwdm2 12/5/2012 | 3:08:14 PM
re: FiOS Tracker Since VZ is investing in laying down fiber, why they could not do it with single-mode fiber? Some says their multi-mode FiOS is marginally better than alternative Cu based technology.

Is it because there is no technology to take advantage of single-mode fiber capabilities, or is it because whatever is available is too expensive, or is it something else?

An explanation from those who know better is appreciated.
dwdm2 12/5/2012 | 3:08:13 PM
re: FiOS Tracker Seven,

My info was that the fiber they laid down in the neighborhood are actually MM. But its good if indeed they are SM. Then the question is why can't they offer GB speed? FiOS speed is only few tens of MB, is it not? Where is the block: technology? Cost? Or both?
DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:08:13 PM
re: FiOS Tracker That I don't know. Not sure what specifically motivated their fiber choice, but I'll ask next time I get face time with execs (probably NXTComm).

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 3:08:13 PM
re: FiOS Tracker Yeah, but...

They'll have a better network than AT&T and a lot of cable competitors when it's all said and done.

Hi Mark
FOman 12/5/2012 | 3:08:13 PM
re: FiOS Tracker Boy do I wish it was multimode, it'd certainly make the price points a lot more palatable..........
paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 3:08:13 PM
re: FiOS Tracker

They do use Single Mode Fiber. I am not sure why you think that they do not.

opticalwatcher 12/5/2012 | 3:08:12 PM
re: FiOS Tracker I'm not an optics or PON expert, but I'll answer anyway:

You have to go single mode if you want to transmit the distances involved in covering a neighborhood, and if you want future growth to higher frequencies. I don't see how you could make Multimode work, regardless of the cost.

The legacy PON being installed now for FiOS is BPON, which is 622Mb/sec downlink.

The soon to be standard FiOS is GPON, which is 2.5Gb/sec downlink, which when split 1:32 gives 78Mb/sec per user (less with overhead), but since the bandwidth is shared, a particular user could get be assigned more of the pie at any moment and can go above 100Mb/sec.

For future growth (years down the line), they could multiplex different wavelengths (isn't that your name dwdm2?) and bandwidth can get really high.
dwdm2 12/5/2012 | 3:08:12 PM
re: FiOS Tracker tera,

I like your style. And yes, my screen name is dwdm2 (DWDM squared). I believe that dwdm can surpass the capabilities of all different kind of PONs both in BW and cost; we have demonstrated it on a small scale. But since the AWG hype has subsided thanks to the buying and shelving of all AWG companies by the big players, this can not happen in the near future. Big companies and investors are interested in low hanging fruits and milking their old cows. There are technology that can produce cheaper and high channel count DWDM (48 channel per chip and above) but if you are looking for money to do that, well that's another story ;)
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