80Gbps fire-to-the-home will soon be a reality

80Gbps fibre-to-the-home will soon be a reality - FTTH

US telecommunications company Verizon has successfully completed tests on its new super-fast fiber optic network – which involved a 10Gbps trial by one of its customers.

The new system uses an optical line terminal capable of generating four wavelengths of light, each able to transmit at 10Gbps down and 2.5Gbps up, according to Engadget.

Following the trial, Verizon said the technology will allow it to deliver speeds of between 10Gbps to 80Gbps to its users in the future.

The new system also includes built-in redundancy, which allows for the four wavelengths to work independently should equipment failure occur.

Verizon will start issuing requests for proposals for the hardware and software needed to upgrade to its new fibre service later in 2015. No pricing has been set as yet.


To help you get your head around the absurdity that is an 80Gbps connection, South Africa’s largest videogaming expo, rAge, will make use of a 1Gbps connection.

That’s quite a comparison when you think about it.

That means that the entire rAge LAN, all of the booths and everything in-between will only need a single gigabit connection to function.

The 1Gbps line, by the way, comes courtesy of Telkom’s Direct Internet Service.

Telkom’s DIS package means no contention whatsoever, a 1:1 (or guaranteed throughput) connection.

No contention makes a relatively large difference in the sort of speeds and uptime you get from any particular line. Although with 80Gbps, contention isn’t likely going to matter much at all.


Written in collaboration with an article that originally appeared on MyBroadband and is republished with permission.

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