Verizon touts FiOS peak usage speeds

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) is wasting no time to respond to the FCC's new broadband service report, "Measuring Broadband America," claiming that its FiOS Internet customers get the highest upstream and downstream periods during high traffic times.

Conducted by independent testing firm SamKnows, the FCC's 30-page report tested the speed and performance of all of the major cable and traditional telco broadband providers in the United States. The goal of the report is to help educate consumers on what they are actually paying for when they subscribe to a cable or telco broadband service.

According to the report, Verizon's FiOS Internet service performed well throughout the course of a day, including peak Internet use hours between 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on weekdays. In addition, the results illustrated that Verizon's FiOS Internet customers are accessing speeds "that meet or exceed those advertised by the company."

The report said that over a 24-hour test period, Verizon's FiOS service delivered 114 percent of its advertised sustained download speeds in addition to illustrating that FTTH service over all had lower network latency versus its DSL service.

A Verizon FiOS participant using its popular symmetrical 25 Mbps FiOS Internet service received a sustained download speed of 28.77 Mbps between the peak usage hours of 7:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on weekdays.

In addition to download and upload speeds, the FCC study revealed that FTTH service had average latency of 17 milliseconds (ms), while cable averaged about 28 ms and DSL averaged between 44 ms to 74 ms.

For more:
- see the release

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