Frontier Communications is making another move to sweeten its existing FiOS fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband offering by serving up symmetrical speeds for all of its existing speed tiers in Washington state.
Following the launch of its up to 100 Mbps speed tier throughout its FiOS footprint last fall, the service provider will now offer symmetrical speed tiers of 30/30, 50/50, 75/75, 100/100 and 150/150 Mbps.
Similar to Verizon's SpeedMatch movement, Frontier's 2FAST technology delivers equal upload and download speeds for all FiOS users. Having matching upload and download speeds enables users to have more consistent speeds to access online video and other applications from their growing arsenal of devices in the home.
Since it purchased Verizon's (NYSE: VZ) rural lines in 2010, including the FiOS systems in Washington, the service provider said it has invested $214 million to upgrade and enhance its Washington network to support symmetrical tiers.
While the telco has spent much of the last six years trying to upgrade the copper-based lines it acquired from Verizon, Frontier has been placing more emphasis on beefing up its existing FiOS FTTH markets with new speed capabilities since late last year. Initially offering only 15 and 35 Mbps tiers, the service provider added 50 and 100 Mbps and across its entire FiOS footprint.
Besides offering the symmetrical speeds in Washington, Frontier has begun rolling out asymmetrical 1 Gbps services in Beaverton, Ore., and Durham, N.C. Within the Beaverton market, Frontier also offers a 500/50 Mbps service.
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