FTTP (Fiber To The Premises) systems have been
envisioned for years, but high
installation costs have discouraged many companies from bringing
FTTP to the market. The only nationwide Internet Service Provider
willing to take that risk so far has been Verizon, and it has been
paying off for them.
Verizon now has over 3.3 million
subscribers for its FiOS Internet service. It added 198,000 new
customers in the third quarter, for a net gain of almost 800,000 new
FiOS internet subscribers this year alone.
speeds and bandwidth caps are some of the weakest points of
traditional ISPs. The "Fastest" plan offered by FiOS allows
download speeds of up to 50 Mbps and uploads of up to 20 Mbps, while
even the basic "Fast" service features upload speeds of up
to 5 Mbps. None of the FiOS plans have any bandwidth caps.
company's FiOS TV service is also growing. FiOS TV now has 2.7
million customers, up 191,000 in Q3.
The high bandwidth
afforded by fiber optic systems allows Verizon to forego the signal
compression used by most cable and satellite systems, which often
to artifacts during the encoding and decoding portions. FiOS TV
has much higher image quality, especially when viewed on large screen
Verizon has big plans to continue subscriber
growth. FiOS Internet is currently available to 11.5 million
premises, while FiOS TV is an option for 10.9 million premises. The
company plans to makes FiOS available to more households, as well as
boost adoption rates.