Post by William McNancy with Toledo
IP Pros and Builders, LLC
Now that's fast. Verizon has completely a field trial on its fiber-optic FiOS network, in which it delivered bandwidth approaching 1 gigabit per second (Gbps) to business
customer in Taunton, Massachusetts.
The demonstration, conducted in June via Verizon's gigabit passive optical
network (GPON), was designed to show that today's FiOS equipment can support higher bandwidth--including 1Gbps throughput--without
major changes to the network, the company said. The GPON platform, developed by Motorola, supports bandwidth of 2.4Gbps downstream
and 1.2Gbps upstream to customers connected to the passive optical network.
Verizon's point here is that FiOS is more than capable of delivering
throughput that far exceeds current maximum speeds. For consumers, today's FiOS Internet tops out at 50Mbps downstream.
"This kind of bandwidth capacity
will provide Verizon the ability to continue to meet FiOS customers' needs by offering more bandwidth to support services
such as 3DTV, ultra HDTV, multiplayer gaming and HD video conferencing," said Brian Whitton, executive director of Verizon's
technology group, in a statement.
The actual throughput speeds in the field trial were 925 megabits per second (Mbps) to a local server, and more than
800Mbps to Verizon's regional test speed servers. The existing FiOS service was left in place, and the trial didn't degrade
the customer's voice, data, or video services, the company claims.
Verizon has big plans for its FiOS brand. It's reportedly
working with Motorola to develop a tablet device that would allow customers to watch FiOS digital TV.