Verizon (NYSE: VZ) may be preparing to deploy a FiOS Quantum Gateway and Zigbee home automation module supplied by Irvine, Calif.-based GreenWave Reality, FCC test documents obtained by FierceCable indicate.
Top: Label for Greenwave's Quantum Gateway for FiOS; bottom: label for Greenwave Zigbee module. (Source: FCC)
The FiOS Quantum Gateway, model number FiOS-G1100, will support the new 802.11ac wireless networking standard, and can transfer data to devices connected to a home network at speeds of up to 1.3 gigabits per second, according to a report from the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology.
Greenwave VP of Hardware Engineering Freddie Fong asked the FCC in a letter to not release photos and the user manual for the FiOS Quantum Gateway until June 30, "in order to ensure sensitive business information remains confidential until the actual marketing of the device."
The gateway can support both the Z-Wave and Zigbee wireless protocols that are used in home automation devices such as smart thermostats and light bulbs, according to the document. Greenwave filed a separate application for a Zigbee module that is designed for use with the FiOS Quantum Gateway. Quantum is the brand that Verizon uses to market FiOS Internet tiers that range in speeds from 75 Mbps to 500 Mbps.
In January, Verizon confirmed that it had stopped offering FiOS subscribers its Verizon Home Monitoring and Control service, which was based on the Z-Wave protocol. "We are revisiting the service to more accurately reflect our vision for the connected home," a Verizon spokesman said in January.
In January, GreenWave demonstrated its Home2Cloud platform, which can also help deliver IP video to connected TVs and mobile devices – at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Verizon executives have said that the company plans to deploy new services that take advantage of its FiOS network and mobile devices, and CEO Lowell McAdam told analysts recently that Verizon has also talked to major programmers about launching an over-the-top, or virtual cable subscription service. But it's not clear what role GreenWave may play in Verizon's rollout of new home automation and IP video products. Verizon spokesman Bill Kula declined to comment. Greenwave spokeswoman Christina Armstrong didn't respond to a request for comment.
Verizon also plans to begin deploying a home video gateway from Arris (Nasdaq: ARRS) by the end of the first quarter.
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