Verizon threw down the gauntlet today with the announcement that it has trialed speeds of close to 1 Gbps using existing FiOS GPON equipment from Motorola. In other words, Verizon is showing it can hit the Gigabit mark without even migrating to new 10GPON technologies. “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.”
This is what Verizon means when it says it’s got headroom it its fiber-to-the-home network. Based on the trial results, Verizon can increase FiOS Internet speed tiers significantly without sacrificing the quality of its other services. Think there’s no need for 1-Gbps speeds? Think about the coming wave of 3D TV, virtualization and cloud-based applications, and wireless backhaul.
As for Motorola’s role in Verizon’s speed tests, the two companies have worked together for a long time on the FiOS FTTH infrastructure. And Motorola has a wide product portfolio of optical networking solutions. Separate from Verizon, Motorola has also worked with a number of smaller operators on FTTH solutions as well. Need fiber with an RF return path? No problem. How about ONTs for MDUs? Piece of cake.