Verizon (NYSE: VZ) kicked the tires of its existing GPON network and is reporting that the network is fit for super high-speed delivery. During a field trial conducted in June, in Taunton, Mass., with a real FIOS business customer, the telco confirmed that its existing GPON network delivered approximately 1 Gbps of bandwith without breaking a sweat.
Verizon said this opens the door to a wide array of consumer and business sevices including 3DTV, multi-player gaming, desktop virtualization, remote storage and wireless backhaul.
Verizon's GPON platform supports total throughput of 2.4 Gbps downstream and 1.2 Gbps upstream to customers connected to the the network. The test confirmed the PON's ability to serve customers on the FiOS network with Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) service. It also demonstrated in a "live" setting that existing FiOS equipment can support higher bandwidth services and deliver 1 Gbps without the need for any major changes to the network. Throughput speeds reached 925 Mbps to a local server and more than 800 Mbps to regional test speed servers located up to 400 miles away. The trial customer's existing FiOS service was left in place and did not so much as bat an eye during the trial.
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