Sure, Verizon's been testing 100 Mbps FiOS connections in a handful of employee homes for several years now (see video
). But Verizon executives have also admitted that for the moment -- the 100 Mbps mark is little more than marketing fluff
and users don't yet need those speeds. So what exactly are we supposed to think when Verizon announces that they're testing 10 Gbps service to the home
? Well, for one, we're supposed to again understand that Verizon's investment in fiber to the home was the right call in terms of keeping the company prepared for the future (assuming you ignore how they're hanging up on rural customers
According to new press statements by both Motorola
(also take a look at this Motorola blog post
), Verizon and Motorola have just completed a new round of testing of Motorola's 10 Gbps GPON solution. While Verizon previously tested 10 Gbps GPON using Huawei hardware, this appears to be the first residential test involving speeds approaching 1 Gbps both
downstream and upstream. The test involved a 10 Gbps downstream and 2.5 Gbps upstream line to the home, with two different PCs each being fed symmetrical 1 Gbps service. From the Motorola statement:
At the customer's home, the optical network terminal (ONT) received the 10/2.5 Gbps feed and used two data communication ports to simultaneously provide transmission speeds of close to 1 Gbps to each of two PCs inside the home. Combined, the two ports delivered approximately 1.85 Gbps in aggregate bandwidth in each direction.
Tests were designed to simulate what two different customers might experience while using their PCs to download, upload or share files to the Internet when served by a 10G PON system. In addition, speed tests were performed to Verizon's speed test server located more than 400 miles away in Reston, Va., realized speeds of up to 915 Mbps between the PC and the speed test server.
Of course none of this will be officially ratified as a standard for some time yet. It's also of course being shared between every user on a local node, which could consist of say -- thirty homes. According to Verizon, they'll be submitting a a request for information for XG-PON technology by the end of the year. With cable operators now starting to push 100 Mbps service, it's a good bet that Verizon will launch a 100 Mbps FiOS tier sometime before the end of the year.
But 10/2.5 Gbps or even symmetrical 1 Gbps isn't something you'll want to hold your breath for.