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Verizon said today it had conducted a successful trial of 10-gigabit-per-second-connections on both the download and on the upload side. The broadband provider has successfully tested 10 Gigabits per second down last December but was limited to 2.5 Gbps on the upload side.

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Verizon said today it had conducted a successful trial of 10 gigabit per second connections on both the download side and on the upload side. The broadband provider has successfully tested 10 Gigabits per second down last December but was limited to 2.5 Gbps on the upload side, and we all know that symmetry is beautiful when we’re talking faces or broadband speeds. Plus, at 10 Gbps you can upload HD movies in seconds rather than minutes. But these speeds aren’t really about consumer applications today, but more for shifting the terabytes of data businesses are aiming to analyze in the near future and for medical imaging and other high-bandwidth needs. Believe it or not, at the enterprise level we are creating more data than we can analyze and send across current networks.

Verizon is pioneering a new technology called XG-PON to make such speeds happen (in this case it’s XG-PON2). The trial was to a business customer in Taunton, Mass. and proved that the XG-PON technology would also work in conjunction with Verizon’s existing GPON network on the same fiber strands. An easy upgrade is vital, as it ensures quick deployment of cutting edge technologies such as Verizon’s experimental network. Alcaltel-Lucent provided the gear for the test. At the customer’s end, the trial supported up to 10 single Gigabit Ethernet links, as well as one dedicated link capable of delivering the full 10 Gbps symmetric speeds to a single location. Two PCs, each having a 10 Gbps network interface card, were communicating across the network between the customer’s on-premise gear and the line terminal equipment located in the Verizon switching facility in Taunton. From the release:

The team tested the continuous transfer of 2 gigabyte files from 20 concurrent clients using a commercial Web-server application. The files were transferred both upstream and downstream, simulating what a business customer would experience when 20 employees are performing concurrent file transfers to and from remote locations. This test demonstrated an application layer throughput of 9.1Gbps, upstream and downstream. As part of the test, a 2.3 gigabyte movie took an average of just four seconds to download or upload and save to the computers. These download and upload speeds are close to 60 times faster than the maximum speeds capable with cable’s DOCSIS 3.0 technology and more than twenty thousand times faster than the average cable subscriber would experience. An additional test was done to transfer a 6.9 gigabyte medical image file in 11 seconds, demonstrating the potential time and cost savings available on an XG-PON network as collaborative medical work environments continue to evolve.

As we’ve said before, broadband speeds matter, and by providing more capacity and speeds, Verizon is offering a platform that’s not only competitive to cable broadband for consumers, but will become a platform for innovation for businesses now operating in the “cloud.”

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  1. Stacey,
    XGPON2 is the original option 2 for 10G downstream + 10G Upstream. See this link of the CFI (Call For Interest) material at the IEEE. (http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/802/3/cfi/0306_1/cfi_0306_1.pdf) One interesting point is the path that networking technology takes to reach the end user: demonstrated in research papers in 2005; started standardization process in 2006; finished standardization in 2009; field trials by Verizon in 2010; deployed ???

    _primate

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  2. Where do I sign up for one of these lines? And do I need to sign with blood?

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    1. it’s a test only. Sigh.

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  3. Well on light reading they stated a coax cable has a maximum bandwidth of 20 gigabits per second.

    So if your going test wise so far coax does not have to be replaced yet. The docsis standard is whats slowing the cable speeds down not the medium itself.

    Just like its the standard that fios is using that is holding the speeds .

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  4. I currently sell synchronous 10meg-10Gig fiber circuits for Comcast Enterprise. In fact Comcast launched the 1st synchronous 100Gig circuit last year. Welcome to the club Verizon…

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  5. [...] per second via fiber, which astute readers of GigaOM may recall Verizon tested  in 2009 and again in 2010. At the time Verizon talked about holographic TV and splitting the capacity provided among homes, [...]

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