The broadband speed wars continue to rage, and today, Verizon announced that it's throwing down with its fastest tier yet. With a download speed of 500 megabits per second (and an upload speed of 100Mbps), the leap forward marks the latest evolution of the company's fiber-optic Quantum Internet Service, which rolled out last summer. To put those numbers into perspective, you'll be able to download a 5GB HD movie in 1.4 minutes or upload a 100MB file in eight seconds, assuming you're operating at full speed. Verizon is hoping to gradually introduce its newest speed tier to all FiOS markets by 2014, with limited availability starting today. To hear what Big Red has to say about it, check out the video after the break.
Summer Just Got Hotter: Verizon Rolls Out New, Blistering 500/100 Mbps FiOS Quantum Internet Service
Fastest Internet Speeds Available to Small Businesses,
Consumers in FiOS Markets
July 22, 2013
NEW YORK – Small businesses and consumers driving the Internet economy now have a higher gear. Verizon has begun deploying a new top-tier FiOS Quantum Internet service, featuring speeds of 500 megabits per second download and 100 Mbps upload – the fastest broadband speed available in markets where Verizon offers its all-fiber-optic services.
With the new service, large files move with the ease and fluidity of an email:
• A 2 megabyte architectural blueprint takes a fraction of a second (0.03 seconds, to be exact) to download and 0.16 seconds to upload.
• A five-minute, 250 megabyte HD promotional video takes four seconds to download and 20 seconds to upload.
• A two-hour, 5 gigabyte HD movie will be on your PC or tablet in 1.4 minutes or be sent in under seven minutes at the upload speed of 100 Mbps.
"Internet-power users have found a friend in FiOS Quantum Internet," said Bob Mudge, president of Verizon's consumer and mass business group. "Over the past year, one-third of FiOS Internet customers have upgraded to Quantum speeds of 50 Mbps or faster to do more of what they want, whenever they wish, on more devices throughout their home or office.
"Our customers want and get a leg up on online video games. They want to stream movies on myriad devices; share tons of pictures and home videos; and send big work files so they don't skip a beat when they're working from home or growing their business. Our all-fiber-optic network lets them do it all at the same time," Mudge said.
The 500/100 Mbps speed is initially available in parts of every FiOS market, and Verizon will deploy the service throughout the entire FiOS footprint into 2014. For consumers, the 500/100 Mbps speed is available as part of a bundle or in stand-alone fashion, starting at $309.99 per month for a double play or $329.99 per month for a triple play with a two-year agreement. For small businesses, the new top speed is only offered on a stand-alone basis, starting at $369.99 per month with a two-year agreement. The service also is available to consumers and small businesses on a no-contract, month-to-month basis.
The Internet of Things Requires Bandwidth
The average U.S. household currently owns seven Internet-connected devices, with high adoption rates among leading-edge and early technology adopters, according to Multimedia Research Group Inc. According to the FCC's third "Measuring Broadband America" report published in February, broadband speeds in American households now average 15.6 Mbps, with 61 percent of home Internet users in the 2-6 Mbps range.
Verizon FiOS customers can choose to enjoy the Internet at speeds many times higher than the national average. Customers have the option of six speed tiers from which to choose, starting at 15/5 Mbps, to 300/65 and up to 500/100 Mbps.¹
Customers Rate FiOS Tops
For the eighth consecutive year, Verizon FiOS customers rated their Internet service tops, with FiOS again receiving the PCMag.com annual Reader's Choice Award. Not only did FiOS Internet earn the highest overall satisfaction rating in the well-regarded magazine's annual survey of its readership, but it secured the highest ratings in many other key categories, including speed, reliability and satisfaction with tech support.
New residential customers can choose triple-play bundles with Internet starting at 15/5 Mbps FiOS Internet, FiOS TV and FiOS Digital Voice unlimited calling. A variety of additional bundle options – featuring Internet speeds, channel lineups, Spanish-language programming through La Conexion and more – are geared toward meeting any particular customer's needs and interests.
Consumers interested in FiOS should visit www.verizon.com/fiosquantum or call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).
Small businesses interested in even faster speeds or the suite of Verizon Solutions for Business Bundles services can visit www.verizon.com/smallbusiness or call 1-877-FiOS-BIZ (1-877-346-7249). All bundled solutions include Verizon Internet Security Suite, Verizon Online Backup & Sharing, 24/7 support and more.
1 Speeds not available in all areas.
2 Certain restrictions apply.
*Verizon is currently in the process of acquiring AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.