Verizon is doing test runs of the super-fast internet for a 4K or higher ultra HD streaming video future
Stephan Jukic – August 12, 2015
U.S telecomm giant Verizon has revealed that their research and development people have successfully completed testing of a fiber optic broadband technology that can reach absolutely massive internet download speeds of up to 10Gbps. This is ten times the power of even Google Fibers huge and still not very widespread 1Gbps internet service.
The aim of the new 10Gbps broadband testing from Verizon is to create an internet connectivity system that’s ready for the advent of 4K video resolution. In this regard, the company is definitely aiming beyond the essentials for 4K. Currently, streamed HEVC or VP9 compressed 4K can easily be transmitted over connections of just 20 to 25 Mbps and even many other types of 4K ultra HD video with much less compression than that of HEVC requires less than 100 to 200Mbps, far below the giant 10Gbps download speeds of Verizon’s new service.
Nonetheless, the new faster internet technology from Verizon is called “next generation passive optical network (or NG-PON2) and is aimed squarely at a future in which 4K media is widespread on the web. Given its massive bandwidth, the service could easily handle even 8K video if it were tested to do so. Verizon has tested the NG-PON2 system on its current fiber-to-the-premise network.
The technology from Verizon has been developed to use a new optical line terminal that has been built in Verizon’s central office and which creates four different wavelengths of color, with each wavelength being capable of supporting up to the whopping 10Gbps and with lower-end speeds of down to 2.5Gbps.
During their testing, Verizon has also been able to do test transmissions of both their current signal and the new NG-POG2 at the same time, thus opening the door for regular and fluid switching between the two signal types as needed down the road.
The telecom giant also has noted that their new platform is potentially capable of expanding to support even more astoundingly massive internet speeds of 40 or possibly even 80Gbps.
According to Lee Hicks, VP of network technology at Verizon, “Deployin this exciting new technology sets a new standard for the broadband industry and further validates our strategic choice of fiber-to-the-premises”.
Of course, as wonderful as the new technology is and as much as it promises a whole revolution in the transmission of massive data loads of multimedia, ultra HD 4K and larger video content over the next generation of the web, Verizon will still need to do some major upgrading of their existing relevant hardware and software. This is the somewhat stiff price such a new fiber optic platform would require before being rolled out.
The company claims that it will be issuing requests for proposals later in 2015 for the purchase of relevant hardware and software and expects lots of interest (read as money) in the platform with the gradual dominance of 4K content on the consumer market.
Meanwhile, in the real world of existing internet speeds, U.S consumers have lots of catching up to do even before they can get widespread access to the 20 to 25 Mbps needed for compressed 4K video from a source like Netflix. Less than 40% of U.S households get connectivity of more than 15Mbps.
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