Verizon Upgrades FiOS Small-Business Customers' Upload Speeds at No Cost

NEW YORK – Starting immediately, existing and new Verizon FiOS Internet small-business customers will begin to receive SpeedMatch, which provides matching upload and download speeds, making it easier, faster and more productive to conduct business.

The SpeedMatch upgrade will be free to nearly all eligible current customers. For example, a customer who is currenlty using 50 Mbps and 25 Mbps upload would be automatically upgraded to 50 Mbps download and upload at no additional cost.

Faster upload speeds help increase productivity, according to Mary Yarbrough, vice president of mass business marketing for Verizon. SpeedMatch offers a more consistent Internet experience, with solid service reliability at all hours for common applications such as:

  • Video conferencing via FaceTime, GoToMeeting or other apps.

  • Sending large files or backing up customer data by uploading them to the cloud.

  • Uploading or sharing a promotional or training video.

  • Sharing files on company websites, or on social media marketing like Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.

  • Streaming live events online.

  • Video monitoring for security.

  • Offering Wi-Fi for customers at their locations.


“We all know that time is money, and when a small business can conduct business more easily and efficiently, it can focus on running its business and serving its customers,” Yarborough said. “At Verizon, we are always looking for ways to help our customers be business-ready by adding value that helps their business grow and flourish.”

Upload Activity Expected to Double by 2016

The level of upload activity on the FiOS network is expected to double by late 2016 and to continue to grow from there, according to Verizon’s projections. In addition, with the Internet of Things fast becoming a reality for small businesses, equal download and upload speeds will be essential for operations.

The new FiOS Internet for Business upload speeds can save precious time, particularly when sending large files. For instance, sending a medical image such as a MRI, which is typically 100 megabytes in size, takes 53.33 seconds using an Internet upload speed of 15 Mbps. However, at 50 Mbps, that same file can be sent in 16 seconds; at 150 Mbps, it can be sent in just 5.33 seconds.

Small-business customers do not need to do anything to receive SpeedMatch, which will be phased in over the next few weeks. When the upgrade is completed, more than 95 percent of existing FiOS Internet residential and small-business customers will enjoy equalized download and upload speeds.

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