Verizon concludes second test of 10 Gbps passive fiber optic network

Verizon is considering the deployment of a 10 Gigabit per second passive optical network (XG-PON), and began testing the technology last year. The company's trials with Huawei hardware sought to prove the viability and capabilities of the faster fiber optic networking technology.

Today, Verizon announced that the latest (second) field trial in Taunton utilized Motorola's XG-PON FTTP (fiber to the premesis) hardware to deliver downstream speeds of 10 Gigabits per second and upstream speeds of 2.5Gbps.

This announcement comes just five days after the International Telecommunications Union published the general requirements for the standard which were originally approved back in January 2010.

Like Verizon Wireless' LTE network trials taking place outside of Boston, Verizon's test deployment of XG-PON fiber optic also take place in Massachusetts, 40 miles South of Boston in Taunton.

In the test, the feed was split between two PCs, and an aggregate bandwidth of about 1.85Gbps was achieved in each direction. The tests simulated downloading, uploading and filesharing, and a speed test to Verizon's Reston, Virginia datacenter returned speeds of 915 Mbps.

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