So-net Entertainment ISP Launches 2 Gbps Internet Service in Japan
April 15, 2013 6:45 PM
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Incredibly fast service costs only $51 per month
Sony has announced the world's fastest home internet service. If you're in the United States, don't get excited. This internet service is exclusively available in Japan and offers download speeds of 2 Gbps (uploads are capped at 1 Gbps). The internet service is provided by So-net Entertainment and is called Nuro.
The fiber-optic service was available for qualifying homes as of today including houses, apartments, and small businesses in Tokyo and six surrounding communities.
Incredibly, So-net Entertainment is offering the service for ¥4980, which works out to only $51 per month. There is a rather large installation fee of ¥52,500 ($543), however, those who apply for the service online right now can waive that installation fee.
The web connectivity price includes the rental of an Optical Network Unit (ONU) designed handle the high-speed connectivity and converts signals from the fiber to broadband internet usable in the home. Considering that 2 Gbps is faster than most home routers and adapters support, odds are the hardware within the user's house will be the limiting factor on speeds.
The Japanese government continues to back fiber-optic connections to private residences in Japan. Roughly 25% of all homes in Japan are currently connected to fiber internet services giving Japan the second highest rate of connectivity to fiber in the world. The most connected fiber country in the world is the UAE with over 70%.
For comparisons sake,
Google Fiber costs $70/month
and offers 1 Gbps speeds (up/down).
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RE: How much bandwidth do you need?
4/15/2013 9:44:11 PM
In Tokyo, I share a 200Mbps fiber connection with 90 other households in a high-rise condo for $15/mo, which is better than it sounds--it's cheap, and I rarely find myself fighting over bandwidth. Nevertheless, perhaps we should switch to So-net and share a 2Gbps line instead. :-)
In absence of this kind of arrangement, though, it'd be uneconomical to offer reduced speed for reduced price, as much of that $50/mo is probably being spent on fiber/cable/router depreciation and maintenance (i.e., fixed cost per line) rather than packet forwarding (variable cost).
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