Verizon ups network speed ante with 10 Gbps connection

Verizon (NYSE: VZ) has given notice to the cable industry that DOCSIS 3.0 is not the be-all-to-end-all of network speeds. The telco said it completed a field trial of what it calls XG-PON2 (and telcos have nothing on cable when it comes to awkward names) where it delivered asymmetrical speeds of 10 Gbps using the same optical fiber that it uses for its existing FiOS network in Taunton, Mass.

"This trial demonstrates the capacity of Verizon's FiOS network to provide even greater upstream bandwidth capabilities required fro adoption on a mass scale of new and emerging residential applications like user-generated video as well as business services," Brian Whitton, Verizon's executive director of technology said in a news release.

Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) developed the XG-PON2 prototype and used the same wavelengths that were standardized for an earlier XG-PON technology. the test included the transfer of 2 gigabyte files from "20 concurrent clients using a commercial Web-server application" both upstream and downstream. The idea was to simulate what a business customer would experience when 20 employees performed concurrent file transfers to and from remote locations, the Verizon news release said.

For more:
- see this news release

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