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Verizon and Motorola Bring 1 Gbps Speeds to the Home

Verizon has announced today a successful test of its 10 Gigabit-per-second XG-PON system, which resulted in symmetrical residential broadband speeds of nearly 1 Gbps. The test used Motorola PON technology, including existing AXS2200 OLTs with both new chassis cards and new ONTs supporting 10GPON.

Here’s more from the press release.

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 1Gpbs to each of two PCs inside the home. Combined, the two ports delivered approximately 1.85Gbps in aggregate bandwidth in each direction.

The press release goes on to illustrate the practical use of these speeds by saying that it would take someone “less than three minutes to download a  20 gigabyte, Blu-ray movie over a 1Gbps link… and a business customer using this service could backup data on an online server every night in just a few minutes, as opposed to hours.”

Motorola has a long history of supplying BPON and GPON technology to Verizon for its fiber-to-the-home services. For context, check out this post from 2007, which includes a timeline of Verizon/Motorola PON activities around the telecom company’s FiOS deployments. I’ve also posted another timeline below detailing Motorola’s ONT advances going back to 2001. Click to enlarge.

Please note: this post has been edited for accuracy since it originally appeared.