Verizon speeds up and expands Fios fibre to the home service

Verizon speeds up and expands Fios fibre to the home service

Verizon has announced an increase in the speed of its Fios fibre service to almost a gigabit – just days after AT&T announced it was expanding its gigabit fibre services.

Verizon said it would charge $69.99 for Fios Gigabit Connection in year one, with extra bundled services for $10 more. The company offered download speeds up to 940Mbps and uploads up to 880Mbps.

Ken Dixon, president of Verizon’s consumer wireline business, said: “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.”

AT&T last week said it was expanding its gigabit fibre services to homes in eight more US cities, potentially adding 2 million premises by the end of 2017 to the 4.6 million homes now accessible.

The company said that it plans to expand the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage to 12.5 million locations by the middle of 2019.

Verizon and AT&T will not be competing in the same cities, as each will be laying fibre within the states where they already offer local residential telephone services.,

Verizon has since fine-tuned the service, launched in January as Fios Instant Internet, with new firmware and diagnostic tools to increase performance.

Fios Gigabit Connection is available to over 8 million homes in parts of New York; New Jersey; Philadelphia; Richmond, Virginia; Hampton Roads, Virginia; Boston, Providence and Washington DC.

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