Verizon Is Testing a 10 Gbps Fiber Service


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verizonfiosVerizon, a long-time leader in fiber service in the United States, is now testing a 10 Gbps fiber service that would blow away anything on the market today.

Currently the 10 Gbps service is only in the lab, but there are hopes that someday it could hit 40 Gbps down.

“When it comes to NG-PON2, ADTRAN and Ericsson/Calix have developed new designs and some novel, yet different, approaches that put them at the forefront of the industry,” said Vincent O’Byrne, Ph.D., director of network planning for Verizon.

“NG-PON2 technology supports up to 40 Gbps of total capacity and up to 10 Gbps speeds per customer, both upstream and downstream, over a single fiber – a tenfold increase over some of the current speeds in the industry,” says Verizon of the technology. “Using NG-PON2 technology, the company plans to initially deploy a number of business services in 2017, followed by residential services as the technology matures and the market demands.”

This technology allows Verizon to easily increase system capacity by adding wavelengths to meet the demand for traffic drivers such as ultra high definition video, virtual reality applications, and cloud services. By implementing this advanced technology without having to change the current underlying fiber optic infrastructure, additional traffic can be carried cost effectively. Verizon also can improve flexibility and resiliency using NG-PON2, because traffic can be shifted among multiple wavelengths without impacting customers.

So fingers crossed that this service hits the market soon and helps cord cutters see a smoother streaming experience.

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