Verizon Bumps Up FiOS Internet Speeds to a Maximum of 300 Mbps
May 30, 2012 6:59 PM
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Pricing for all of the tiers will be announced next month, where Verizon users can choose a standalone Internet service or add these tiers to their bundles
Verizon announced today that it will not only more than double the speeds of many FiOS Internet tiers, but will also add two new tiers.
According to Verizon, its updated
FiOS Internet tiers
will consist of 50/25 Mbps and 150/65 download/upload speeds. However, other entry-level options will remain the same, such as the 15/5 Mbps, 25/25 Mbps, 35/35 Mbps, 50/20 Mbps and 150/35 Mbps tiers.
The two new tiers will feature 75/35 Mbps or 300/65 Mbps speeds. Verizon said the 300/65 tier is double that of the current FiOS Internet top speed, which is 150/35 Mbps.
"The ways we used the Internet and watched TV over the past 10 to 15 years have dramatically shifted," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "With the emergence of smartphones, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and gaming consoles that also serve as over-the-top devices, consumers need more bandwidth to receive the highest quality experience."
Each tier is targeted at a specific audience. The layout is as follows: 15/5 Mbps for a one or two person household for just email and Web browsing; 50/25 Mbps for a multi-person household that downloads music,
and telecommutes; 75/35 Mbps for households that have three or more people on Internet-connected devices, stream HD movies, and play multi-player gaming, and 150/65 and 300/65 for households with five or more heavy Internet users.
"Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen," said Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "High-speed Internet no longer is just for techies, as more than half of our residential consumers already use at least a 20 Mbps Internet connection.
Streaming online video
on an all-fiber-optic connection providing faster speeds is better and more reliable during peak Internet usage hours.
"As recently as 2005, video was less than 10 percent of Web traffic. By the end of this year, we expect it to be 50 percent, growing to 90 percent in just a few years."
The 150/65 and 300/65 tiers will require a gigabit passive optical network (GPON) installation.
Pricing for all of the tiers will be announced next month, where Verizon users can choose a standalone Internet service or add these tiers to their bundles.
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RE: Yay for the 5% of the country ...
5/31/2012 3:21:11 PM
The thing is, DSL is plenty fast in short runs. VDSL2, which is used in hotels and apartment complexes, can hit 100 Mbps or more both ways over distances up to 300 meters using regular cat3 phone lines. It was introduced in
- an eternity ago by modern technology standards.
The problem has been the phone companies have been lazy, doing everything they can to avoid having to lay down new cable. Rather than run new high-speed lines to each city block, then run VDSL2 from that to each home over existing copper phone lines, they just plop ADSL equipment in their phone room and call it a day. Because the DSL signal has to run over several km of phone lines to your house, your max speed is pathetic by modern cable/fiber standards.
Contrary to Verizon's all-or-nothing approach to fiber with FIOS (they snip your copper phone lines if you get FIOS), several fiber network companies are doing just what I described above. Running fiber to each city block, putting VDSL2 equipment there, and using VDSL2 to bridge the "last 100 feet" from the street to the house. That way you get fiber speeds without having to run the fiber all the way to the house. The DSL phone companies could've done this 10 years ago if they had wanted to (the original VDSL gave speeds up to 55 Mbps down, 3 Mbps up in 2001).
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