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Fiber Is the Future

by Employee on ‎02-16-2010 02:36 PM

fiber.JPGVerizon's all-fiber-optic network really is special.  We've commented here many times before on how fiber-based service creates superior TV and Internet experiences.

Did you know, though, how dynamic the Verizon fiber network is? And did you know that fiber is catching on all over the country among all kinds of service providers?

For starters, here are some figures regarding the Verizon fiber network:

Our Gigabit Passive Optical Network currently runs at 2.5 Gbps, bringing one stream of light carrying broadcast TV, one carrying downstream Internet and video-on-demand and voice traffic, and one carrying all upstream traffic.

We currently sell FiOS Internet at up to 50 megabits per second downstream, 35 up.  We have done trials of 100 Megabits per second on the FiOS network and, of course, it works fine.

Late last year, using a standard FiOS fiber optic connection to a real customer, we fed a 10 gigabits per second feed over the network to that customer's home with no problems. The Passive Optical Network we built makes it so that all you need to do is adjust the hardware on each end and you can up the bandwidth.

On the backbone, we fired up our first 100 gigabits per second link in Europe late last year, and will deploy pipes that fat in the backbone as we need to.

As currently deployed, the FiOS fiber to the home network can deliver up to 400 megabits per second to all customers.  So we have a lot of headroom between the 50 Mbps where the market high end is now to where we'd have to make hardware adjustments.  To increase speeds further, we'd adjust the lasers sending the information and the receptors at the home receiving the light signal.

1 Gbps, as discussed in the press as a stretch goal, is a lot of signal; typically enough for many massive business operations.  But we could make it happen over the FiOS network without much trouble, should a market for it develop.

As for fiber in America, the Fiber to the Home Council, which promotes fiber technology, cites this report by Broadband Properties magazine that lists all the companies in the U.S. that are on the trail of fiber, building it now. That's quite a list! 

I had the opportunity to meet the CEO of SureWest, a small California-based company, at a recent event, and he is thrilled to be following in Verizon's footsteps, installing fiber-to-the-home. Fiber is hot.

Cable companies continue to hope that bonding channels on their TV-based networks will get them where fiber is going.  Not likely.  Perhaps they can't hear the growing drumbeat more and more providers are marching to.  Fiber is the future.


by linuxaid on ‎02-16-2010 02:50 PM

This is wonderful plan and a nice network, but it really sucks for people who cannot get access to even DSL.  What does it take to get on some sort of list for faster service out in the rural areas?

by Employee on ‎02-16-2010 04:01 PM
DSL-based High Speed Internet service is Verizon's most widely available form of broadband service offered to residential customers and small businesses.   At the end of 2009, we had 5.8 million HSI customers, and we're continuing to make it available to even more customers in 2010.  We'll contact you offline for your address to see if we can give you more information.
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