Verizon released a press release today stating the company had field tested FiOS speeds around 1 gigabit-per-second to one of their customers who are subscribed to the gigabit passive optical network (GPON).
The company said in a press release Monday that it had successfully tested the 1Gbps service in June connecting an existing Fios business customer to its local facilities in Taunton, Mass. Verizon said it tested the speed of the connection using a local server as well as a server that was 400 miles away. Verizon said that the download speed for the link to the local server was 925Mbps and the connection to the remote server was 800Mbps.
Verizon’s point here is that FiOS is more than capable of delivering throughput that far exceeds current maximum speeds. For consumers, today’s FiOS Internet tops out at 50Mbps downstream.
This is extremely good news as Verizon’s FiOS network will also support backhaul for the new Verizon Wireless network technologies being rolled out late 2010.
It’s likely that a 1Gbps service would be used by high-capacity business customers looking to transfer extremely large files. It could also be used for wireless backhaul services to provide more capacity to wireless networks from the cell towers to Verizon’s nationwide Internet protocol network and the public Internet.
Verizon has big plans for its FiOS brand. It’s reportedly working with Motorola to develop a tablet device that would allow customers to watch FiOS digital TV.