Verizon Communications has announced that it is deploying advanced technology from Alcatel-Lucent to increase data speeds on its FiOS fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network. Alcatel will supply gigabit passive optical network (G-PON) technology, increasing maximum downstream transmission speeds on the FiOS distribution network from 622Mbps to 2.4Gbps, while upstream speeds will rise from 155Mbps to 1.2Gbps. Verizon says each distribution arm is split to feed up to 32 customers. The FiOS network currently passes more than six million homes and businesses in 16 states, with around three million new premises being passed each year. At present end-user speeds reach a maximum of 50Mbps downstream and 5Mbps upstream. Besides high speed internet access FiOS also offers TV services to customers in ten states.