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Verizon rolls out 300/65 Mbps Quantum tier

Mon, 06/18/2012 - 3:06pm
Mike Robuck

Verizon Communications has officially launched its 300 Mbps down, 65 Mbps up tier and has cut the price on the 150 Mbps offering that competes more directly with cable operators’ DOCSIS 3.0-based tiers.

Verizon first announced it was revamping its broadband lineup last month, but at the time didn’t say how much they would cost.

Verizon has branded its top four fastest tiers as “FiOS Quantum.” The 300 Mbps tier does give it bragging rights as the fastest residential service in North America, but with a standalone price tag of $209.99 a month and $204.99 per month with a two-year contract, it probably won’t see a large uptake by residential subscribers.

Of more concern to cable operators is Verizon’s 150 Mbps/65 Mbps tier, which was cut from $209.99 a month to a standalone price of $99.99 a month, or $94.99 with a two-year contract. By comparison, Comcast’s 105/19 Mbps service costs $200, while Cablevision’s 101/15 Mbps tier is priced at $104.95.

The 150 and 300 tiers, which Verizon said are available to the “majority” of its subscriber base, require customers to be connected via a GPON (gigabit passive optical network) terminal. For existing customers who have a BPON (broadband passive optical network) terminal and qualify for the GPON service, the installation of a new GPON terminal will be required. Verizon said network upgrade fees could apply to the 300 Mbps and 150 Mbps Quantum tiers, but it didn’t say how much they were.

In addition to the 300 and 150 offerings, FiOS Quantum tiers feature upload/download speeds of 50/25 and 75/35 Mbps. Verizon said three of those speeds – 75/35, 150/65 and 300/65 – are twice as fast as those it previously offered. On the low end, Verizon said it would continue to offer its entry-level speed of 15/5 Mbps.

Verizon provided the following breakdown on its broadband prices:

  • 15/5 Mbps: Double-play bundles range from $84.99 to $129.99 per month. Standalone 15/5 Mbps service costs $69.99 per month on a month-to-month basis and $64.99 per month with a two-year contract.
  • 50/25 Mbps: Triple-play bundles range from $109.99 to $149.99 per month for new customers. Double-play bundles with FiOS TV range from $94.99 to $134.99 per month. The standalone version costs $79.99 per month on a month-to-month basis and $74.99 with a two-year contract.
  • 75/35 Mbps: Triple-play bundles range from $114.99 to $154.99 per month for new subscribers. Double-play bundles with FiOS TV range from $99.99 to $139.99 per month. The standalone costs $89.99 per month on a month-to-month basis and $84.99 with a two-year contract.
  • 150/65: Triple-play bundles range from $169.99 to $174.99 per month for new FiOS customers. Double-play bundles with FiOS TV range from $154.99 to $159.99 per month. The standalone costs $99.99 per month on a month-to-month basis and $94.99 with a two-year contract.

Last month, Canadian MSO Videotron rolled out a DOCSIS 3.0-enabled 200 Mbps service in Quebec that featured 35 Mbps on the upstream. Among North American MSOs, Buckeye CableSystem launched a 110/5 tier in March.

At The Cable Show in Boston, cable operator and vendor panelists discussed various options to increase data speeds moving forward, including the extension of DOCSIS, EPON and Ethernet PON over Coax (EPoC).

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