Verizon's Fios Gigabit Connection Could Give Google Fiber A Run For Its Money
Internet bandwidth often sways consumers toward a particular provider. Over the years the speed of connections has been increasing rapidly and now major network operators are vying to reach the gigabit bandwidth.
To stay ahead in the race, on Monday, April 24, Verizon Wireless announced that it would launch its Fios Gigabit Connection, which would initially reach around 8 million homes in the United States.
"No cable provider comes close to offering the speeds and power of Fios Gigabit connection on this kind of scale. And we've priced it so that millions can enjoy it," Ken Dixon, the President of Verizon's consumer wireline business, stated while announcing the new connection.
Fios Gigabit Connection
Although the name suggests gigabit level bandwidth, the actual speeds will be a tad lower. However, Verizon promises that customers on this plan would receive download speeds of around 940 Mbps and upload speeds of about 880 Mbps. The connection is available in almost all Fios regions including New York, New Jersey, Richmond, Philadelphia, Boston, Washington, and Providence to name a few.
Price wise, the Fios Gigabit Connection will be available for $69.99 per month as standalone internet service and $79.99 per month when bundled with both TV and digital voice services. However, it is important to note that these prices are for new customers who subscribe to the services online. From the second year onward, the price of the bundle will be increased to $84.99.
Existing Fios customers can also upgrade to the new connection by paying an extra amount. This amount depends on the plan they are currently subscribed to.
In January, Verizon launched the Fios Instant Internet service, which increased the bandwidth speed from the previous limit of 500 Mbps to 750 Mbps.
Verizon Trying To Outpace Google Fiber?
Dixon's assertions regarding the connection's speeds being unmatched may not be completely true. Google Fiber and other cable internet providers are also continually upgrading their bandwidths. Google Fiber is possibly Verizon's greatest rival right now as the former is embracing the DOCSIS 3.1 technology for its own lightning internet speeds.
Google Fiber was launched in 2010 and was the first-ever provider to support gigabit speeds. However, due to some issues the company could not capitalize on the market and had to stop the expansion abruptly.
Fios Gigabit Connection Not Available In All Regions
Unfortunately, some customers who are in the Fios region — but do not have support for Fios Gigabit — will have to continue paying more for lower speeds. For instance in one of these regions, 500 Mbps services cost as much as $180 per month for the first year and even more from the second.
Verizon asserts that the Fios Gigabit Connection can enable speeds, which are "20 times faster" than what is currently available to consumers. This enables one to connect nearly 100 devices simultaneously. Existing customers who want to upgrade to the Fios Gigabit Connection can do so post April 30.
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