Verizon tests 10-gigabit Internet service

Verizon said it has successfully completed a test of a new technology on its industry-leading, fiber-to-the-premises network, that in the future could provide businesses and consumers with upload and download Internet speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second (Gbps) and beyond.

Upgrades on the FTTP network will begin when commercial equipment is available to support business services such as switched Ethernet services. The technology upgrade can also be used to support multi-gigabit-speed Internet access services for FiOS customers as the marketplace demands such services and as the technology matures.

The technology will have the system capacity to grow to 40-80 Gbps as the market demands, according to Lee Hicks, vice president of network technology for Verizon. This is possible by simply adding new colors of light onto the existing fiber, each augmenting the capacity by up to 10 Gbps.

Field testing of the new technology was completed recently from Verizon´s central office in Framingham, Mass., to a FiOS customer´s home three miles away, as well as to a nearby business location. This followed extensive testing in Verizon´s laboratories in Waltham, Mass.

The trial, according to Vincent O´Byrne, Ph.D., director of access technology for Verizon, consisted of a new optical line terminal (OLT) installed in the Verizon central office, generating four wavelengths, or colors of light, each capable of operating at 10G/2.5G. Later versions are envisioned to support the same download and upload speeds of 10G/10G per color.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering the promise of the digital world. Verizon Wireless operates America´s most reliable wireless network, with 109.5 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America´s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.