Verizon Adds Top-Tier FiOS Broadband Speeds Up to 300 Mbps
Want to download 10 songs in 1.4 seconds, or 20 high-resolution pictures in 2.8 seconds? How about a two-hour standard-definition movie in just 40 seconds?
Verizon Communications says that will be possible next month for customers of its FiOS home Internet service once the company unleashes new top broadband speeds of up to 300 megabits per second for downloads and 65 megabits per second for uploads.
Putting the Power in PowerPoint
The top upload speed would allow posting a PowerPoint presentation in just 0.6 seconds or 10 photos in 3.1 seconds, Verizon said.
It's all part of a new range of service features available June 1st for the fiber-optic home service that upgrades two tiers of service and adds two more. The 300 Mbps download/65 Mbps upload will be the fastest level, followed by 150/65, 75/35, 50/25 and 15/5.
Previously, the top available speed was 150/35. The price plan for the new portfolio will be available next month. The new speed will be offered for standalone service or in bundles that include voice and television service.
The change is a "societal and technological necessity," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit, in a statement Wednesday.
"The ways we used the Internet and watched TV over the past 10 to 15 years have dramatically shifted," Mudge said. "With the emergence of smartphones, smart TVs, Blu-ray players, tablets and gaming consoles that also serve as over-the-top devices, consumers need more bandwidth to receive the highest-quality experience."
Sam Rosen, principal analyst at ABI Research, told us the service is likely to come at a premium cost, and the top speed can be seen as something of a luxury.
"Verizon FiOS is leveraging their Fiber to the Home technology to deliver higher speeds to homes and businesses than can be offered by most telephone and cable companies without costly dedicated lines," Rosen said.
Need for Speed?
"The highest end plans, offering 300 Mbps downlink speeds at a price likely to be around $200 monthly, exceed the needs and budget of most households and small businesses. However, houses with multiple users of Internet video services, including Netflix and Hulu, will benefit from the higher speeds of some of the mid-range plans which will offer 50-75 Mbps."
The prices for the current plans are $54.99 for the basic, 15/5 Mbps service, $74.99 for 25/25, $144.95 for 50/20 and $199.95 for 150/35. New York Metro area customers can access a promotional discount.
Verizon recommends the top-tier speed for homes with five or more connected users "who want to receive the best standard- and high-definition video streaming experience on a variety of devices."
The lower speeds are recommended for accounts with fewer users based on how often they telecommute, stream video or join multiplayer games.
"Our top FiOS speed will be twice as fast as anything America has ever seen," said Mike Ritter, chief marketing officer for Verizon's consumer and mass market business unit.