Take This, Cable: FiOS Adds 300 Mbps/65 Mbps Internet Tier

NEW YORK - Next month, Verizon will more than double the speeds of several FiOS Internet tiers and introduce two even faster tiers.

The new FiOS portfolio will feature download/upload tiers of 50/25 Mbps and 150/65 Mbps, as well as two new tiers of 75/35 and 300/65 Mbps. The 300 Mbps speed is double FiOS's current top speed of 150/35 Mbps - already the nation's fastest mass-scale residential Internet speed.

In addition, Verizon will continue to offer its entry-level speed of 15/5 Mbps and speeds of 25/25, 35/35, 50/20 and 150/35 Mbps. Pricing for the new portfolio will be announced next month. (Be prepared for prices to rise, as hinted earlier this month.)

The new speeds, to be offered in stand-alone and bundled packages, are designed to address the burgeoning growth of bandwidth-intensive applications and the increase in the number of Internet-connected devices being used simultaneously in the same household. The speeds will also support consumers who are watching more over-the-top video programming on TVs and portable devices, and accommodate the rise in Internet-enabled applications such as video and audio streaming, home monitoring, video chat, multiplayer gaming and online backup, which can sap the strength of many home broadband connections when run simultaneously.

Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit, characterizes the broadband speed increases as a "societal and technological necessity" because secure network applications enable consumers to enjoy a "borderless lifestyle" in which they can connect to the content they care about, anytime and anywhere.

Mudge adds, "The ways we used the Internet and watched TV over the past 10 to 15 years have dramatically shifted. With the emergence of smartphones, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and gaming consoles that also serve as over-the-top devices, consumers need more bandwidth to receive the highest-quality experience."

The higher FiOS speeds that Verizon will deliver will provide sustained speed and service reliability.

Video Web Traffic Is Fueling the Need for Faster Bandwidth

"Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen," says Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit. "High-speed Internet no longer is just for techies, as more than half of our residential consumers already use at least a 20 Mbps Internet connection. Streaming online video on an all-fiber-optic connection providing faster speeds is better and more reliable during peak Internet usage hours.

"As recently as 2005, video was less than 10 percent of Web traffic," says Ritter. "By the end of this year, we expect it to be 50 percent, growing to 90 percent in just a few years."

Today, the average home has seven Internet-connected devices. With the continuing increase of devices in the home that use wired or Wi-Fi Internet connections, the average home by 2015 will have between nine and 15 Internet-connected devices, says Ritter.

The majority of Verizon customers will be able to order the two fastest-speed options of 150 and 300 Mbps, which require customers to be connected via a GPON terminal. For existing customers who have a BPON (older-generation) terminal and qualify for GPON service, installation of a new GPON terminal will be required.


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