Verizon upgrades upload speed to 20 Mbit
Verizon Communications on Tuesday introduced an unusual plan for its fiber-optic Internet service: one that uploads as fast as it downloads. The new plan has maximum download and upload speeds of 20 megabits per second. It will cost $65 per month with an annual contract for those who have a Verizon phone plan, or $5 more for those without. The plan is available initially in Verizon’s New York, New Jersey and Connecticut FiOS service areas, which are mostly suburbs. In those areas, Verizon faces competition from the country’s most sophisticated major cable company, Cablevision Systems Corp., and it’s generally where Verizon raises FiOS speeds first. Verizon spokesman Mark Marchand said the “symmetrical” service plan will be available “soon” in the 13 other states where it provides FiOS service, but did not give a date.
Verizon’s top-of-line plan provides downloads of 50 mbps and uploads of 5 mbps. That ratio, with upload speeds at a tenth or twentieth of the download speeds, is more typical of Internet service. By raising the upload speed, Verizon is taking advantage of the capacity of fiber optics in a way that’s very hard for cable companies to replicate. The cable service involves sharing capacity among neighbors. Marchand said the new plan should be useful to telecommuters and others who work from home. Video conferencing, movie uploads and online backups should all benefit from the upload speed. As an example, he said a 3 gigabyte file of family movies would take 20 minutes to upload on the new plan, compared with 9 hours on a typical digital subscriber line connection. The high upload speed makes the plan similar to but slower than the business-class connections used to host websites. However, here’s a small catch for those of you who already started thinking abour running their own topsite at home: Verizon won’t allow subscribers to run a server from their home. Anyway, we are still far cry from the Asian reality, where it’s fairly common to have 100/100 Mbit at home…
Source: USA Today, CNN