Verizon has begun upgrading its FiOS service with gigabit passive optical network (GPON) equipment to enhance the speed of its all-fiber-optic broadband, video and voice network, the company said last week.
The new GPON electronics can increase the line-rate bandwidth of the Verizon fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) network by four times downstream to the user and eight times upstream back to the network. The greater speed will allow the company to roll out enhancements of its FiOS Internet and FiOS TV products in the future, Verizon said.
Initial Verizon deployment of GPON electronics will be in California, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Texas.
In spring 2007, Verizon said it would begin GPON deployment, and its first successful rollouts of GPON occurred in Kirklyn, PA; Lewisville, TX; and Hingham, MA.
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