Hardware Corner: Verizon deploys Actiontec, Westell home gateways

Verizon Communications has talked about boosting in-home bandwidth capabilities and pushing gigabit passive optical network technology into its FiOS deployments. The company's move to deploy residential gateways from Actiontec Electronics and Westell Technologies will help it reach higher speeds and get a step closer to broad GPON availability.

The gateways conform to the Multimedia over Coax Alliance's 1.1 specification for 175 Mbps. Verizon has been aiming to eventually deliver 100 Mbps to the home, which is about double what the FiOS offering can do now.

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