Verizon recently laid claim to being the first telecommunications company in the world to successfully field test a passive optical network system, known as XG-PON, which can transmit data at 10 Gbps downstream and 2.4 Gbps upstream.
The PON field fest speeds are four times as fast as the current top transmission speeds supporting the company's FiOS network.
Verizon said the test, conducted recently in southern Massachusetts, sets the stage for it to meet the emerging customer demand for a wide variety of devices and applications that require a network capable of transmitting large amounts of data at very high speeds.
The devices and applications could include unicast HD video streaming, ultra-high-definition video, 3-D video, user-generated content distribution, video conferencing, and new high-speed data services for medium- and large-business customers.
The XG-PON signal was tested independently on a dedicated passive optical network, as well as overlaid on a fiber providing FiOS service to a customer. The overlay test verified there was no interference between the XG-PON signal and the regular FiOS signal using gigabit PON technology and running at 2.5 Gbps downstream and 1.24 Gbps upstream.
Previously, Verizon tested the XG-PON signal in the company's Waltham, Mass., laboratory.