If you are a Verizon FiOS customer, and I happen to be one, you and I have just received good news. Verizon is increasing the upload speeds on our residential service in the coming months for free and we don’t have to do anything. And, when the upgrade is complete 95 percent of existing customers will have the service. In addition, the upgrade will be extended to Verizon small business service customers later this year.
With the when being revealed as being soon, and the why explained below, the what is a good place to start. And, while I typically don’t like to make such stories about me, I am excited.
The new FiOS Internet speed tiers are:
15/5 Megabits per second (Mbps)
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The need for bi-directional speed
Why is this upload speed upgrade significant?
There are two reasons that are closely related:
“Faster upload speeds means better sharing experiences,” said Mike Ritter, Verizon’s chief marketing officer for consumer and mass business. “All Internet sharing – whether videos, large photo files or gaming – starts with uploading. FiOS all-fiber-optic technology offers a unique opportunity to enhance our customers’ Internet experience on a mass scale by increasing our upload speeds to equal to our industry-leading download speeds. As the Internet of Things (IoT becomes a reality, equal download and upload speeds will become essential.”
Activities mentioned as benefiting from the upload speeds include:
As the aforementioned IDC study noted, more than 20 percent of U.S. broadband households are Power Users that are frequently online, uploading nearly as much content (video and music) as they download.
“IDC believes that both the upload and download speed demands of today’s Power User will inevitably become the norm in the coming years,” said Matt Davis, program director of consumer multiplay and broadband services research for IDC. “Verizon’s decision to give every FiOS Internet customer upload speeds that mirror its industry-leading download speeds is a step forward for U.S. digital consumers – and unique among the major U.S. broadband Internet providers. Because the upgrade is free, it delivers tremendous value to FiOS subscribers and strongly positions Verizon to meet the growing demand for upstream Internet speed.”
For both reasons cited above, and to paraphrase that bullet item about getting a jump on an eBay bid, Verizon is getting a jump on the competition. This is non-trivial. Verizon is being pressured on several fronts including the slowing pace of fixed network broadband adoption in the U.S. caused by both the addressable market of households that can afford such services being tapped out and the heightened competition from a rapidly restructuring communications and media industry in the U.S. Plus, they rightly need to be laying the foundation for the real-time content-rich interactions explosion that individuals are creating and that the Internet of Things will drive as well.
The industry observer in me likes the competitive positioning, and the need to have an information superhighway where the speeds in both directions are the same. And, as a customer I can relate to readers that I have already jumped on the chance to upgrade sooner rather than later. If you are a FiOS customer there is no reasons for you to wait either.
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