Verizon will soon provide data upload speeds equaling download speeds on almost all of its FiOS connections. The new symmetrical speeds offerings mean subscribers will be able to send photos, videos and music as well as back-up all their files at the same speed they receive information over the Internet. The company claims its new upload speeds should help customers like eBay shoppers and online gamers.
New FiOS subscribers will get the upgrade beginning today while current customers will notice the change in the coming months.
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Technologically, Verizon is able to offer symmetrical service because of its nearly all-fiber network. Cable was originally designed to bring video into homes not vice versa. Currently, cable upload speeds top out around 35 megabits per second. Fiber is much faster but most customers usually care more about download connection speeds.
In addition to upload speed increases downloads are getting a boost too. The cheapest FiOS service plan used to offer 15 megabits downloads and 5 megabits up. The same plan now offers 25 megabits in both directions, allowing files to upload to the Internet in one-fifth the time they normally do. Other new plans offer 50, 75 up to 500 megabits and are usually bundled with television and/or phone service. Verizon has more than 6 million FiOS Internet customers.