Verizon is finally boosting its upload speeds to match its download speeds for FiOS service subscribers. That means a person can put info, such as a YouTube video, up onto the internet in the same amount of time it would take to download said video.
The update will be free for current FiOS users, Verizon announced on Monday. That being said, it may take a few months for upload speeds to be fully caught up with download speeds, so you may have to wait just a little bit longer.
Faster upload speeds will have an impact on a number of things, not just uploading awesome YouTube videos. It will make Skype calls better, online gaming faster, and even positively affect online shopping.
Although mostly unheard of, matching upload speeds to download speeds is actually a pretty good business move on Verizon’s part. According to Verizon’s announcement, by the end of 2016, upload activity is expected to double, which will make it incredibly slow to upload content onto the web if not using a service as fast as FiOS will be.
Currently, most of America uses cable providers to get internet access. That involves coaxial cables, which have been designed for speedy downloads, not uploads. Verizon FiOS, which serves around 6 million people, uses fiberoptic cables. Although these cables are made for both downloads and uploads, they are more costly to install.
Verizon has drawn up a new chart that shows the new speeds, as well as the time it would take to do certain tasks, such as download or upload HD videos.
Feel free to check that chart out below, and to read Verizon’s official statement on its upload speeds, click here.