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Verizon yesterday said it tested a fiber technology that delivered 10 Gbps downstream over its FiOS network and 2.4 Gbps in upload speeds. It smoked its current speeds using Huawei gear and a forthcoming standard called XG-PON.

Verizon yesterday said it tested a fiber technology in its labs and a customer home that delivered 10 Gbps downstream over its FiOS network and 2.4 Gbps in upload speeds. The technology, called XG-PON, delivers insanely fast speeds and is part of Verizon’s efforts to make its $23 billion investment in fiber grow with the demand for better broadband.

If you read our blog in mid-November, you already knew about this, but we didn’t have details on the standard Verizon was using. The XG-PON standard won’t actually become official until mid-2010. The current Verizon technology is GPON which delivers 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.2 Gbps upstream. Currently Verizon splits those speeds among about 30 homes. Brian Whitton, executive director of access technologies at Verizon, who originally told us about these tests, explained what people might do with such blazing web connections, which mostly involves better video technologies.

The biggest surprise in the release wasn’t the actual news, since we’d already covered that in part, but that Chinese telecommunications equipment vendor Huawei provided the equipment over which Verizon conducted these tests. Looks like Huawei is continuing to move up in the world.

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  1. Wish I could get any Mbps at my home in Saratoga, ca just 6 miles from Apple Headquarters and 20 miles from Cisco headquarters. We can’t get more than 3M/512k in Mt View. US Broadband Policy FAIL. Lab results not near reality for most Americans.

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  2. Some strange instinct made me go woop woop I saw Verizon installing FIOS near my job 6 weeks ago (NYC). Glad to know the instinct was OK. Suppressing another woop woop.

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    1. I have that same instinct. Unfortunately I have no FiOS rolls near my home.

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  3. Nice. But honestly, how much speed does the AVERAGE person need.
    Im sure the people that read articles at this site would like to have it but I think Verizon is better serving customers by making FIOS available to more customers.

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  4. 10GBPS- Wonder what I would download first lol. Lets start with all of the Californication seasons from itunes in less time than it took to write this post.

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  5. Mr. Berger’s comments are right on. GB are nice, but I’d appreciate just being able to get half of the standard DSL speed offered in Japan or South Korea.

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  6. Just to be clear. I do applaud any effort to increase deliverable bandwidth. I am not at all against R&D and having a bandwidth ride comparable to the growth curve of Moore’s Law and Semiconductors.

    Its just that the US National Policy of protecting incumbents and preventing real growth in actual delivered bandwidth is hurting the overall national economy and limiting the ability of the US to compete in the International markets.

    We must see how the incumbent Telcos and Cablecos are using their choke hold on the last mile to hold US Citizens hostage. Their end game is to control the content that we can send and receive so that they can have tollbooths at everyone’s home and office.

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  7. [...] continuing to push the envelope on its fiber-to-the-premise technology, testing service that could deliver 10 Gbps downlink to a node of about 30 homes. In the UK, Virgin Media is testing a 200 Mbps service into homes using [...]

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  8. [...] and in 2005, fiber to the home was still an expensive pipe dream. But now fiber to the premise, which has the capacity to meet bandwidth demand for decades, is a [...]

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  9. [...] and in 2005, fiber to the home was still an expensive pipe dream. But now fiber to the premise, which has the capacity to meet bandwidth demand for decades, is a [...]

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  10. [...] of note is Huawei’s continued advancement in the equipment business. It was also working with Verizon last year to deliver 10 Gbps to homes via fiber and has deployed nine commercial LTE [...]

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