Verizon successfully tests near-1Gbps FiOS


— 6:00 AM on August 17, 2010

Want SpeedTest results that'll make your friends green with envy? Good news: you can hold off on that move to Japan or South Korea. Verizon says it has successfully tested near-Gigabit Internet speeds in a "field trial" over its FiOS network. Here's the skinny, in the company's words:

The latest field trial was conducted in June in Taunton, using an existing GPON system developed by Motorola, a current supplier to Verizon of both BPON (broadband passive optical network) and GPON networking equipment. The trial, conducted at an existing FiOS business customer location, was intended to demonstrate in a live network setting that currently deployed FiOS equipment can support higher bandwidth services and can deliver 1 Gbps without major change to the network.

The throughput speeds were measured at 925 Mbps (megabits per second) to a local server and more than 800 Mbps to the regional test speed servers. The customer's existing FiOS service was left in place, and showed no degradation in the voice, data or video services during this trial.

And Gigabit speeds are just a start. Verizon claims its Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) platform supports maximum speeds of 2.4Gbps up and 1.2Gbps down, which is pretty darned fast—quick enough that you'd need to invest in a 10GbE network adapter to exploit that capacity. (For the arithmetically challenged out there, 2.4Gbps would correspond to a download speed of 300MB/s.)

Verizon plans to use these blazing-fast speeds for novel applications like "3DTV, desktop virtualization and remote storage," and as "wireless backhaul for the next generation of wireless technologies." Dedicated applications probably make sense, since I'd expect that few servers out on the web would be able to load a 1Gbps FiOS connection anywhere close to its full potential.

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