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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Hard to use for now at least
4/16/2013 4:30:31 AM
I am not going to say people won't find a use case for 2G broadband in their homes but I think 1080p streams are about 2.5 to 5Mbps, 4k streams will be about 25Mbps
With a 2G connection you could could stream something different to 80 4k TV's at the same time.
Even if you had half a million dollars sitting around to buy enough displays to do it you would hit a bottleneck because there isn't equipment available for the core of their network to support more than a handful people doing this. They are just over provisioning their core network by more than Google is.
Their core routers probably still use 10G Ethernet links which would support a grand total of 5 customers using their full provisioned capacity at the same time. They can bundle groups of 10G links or use 100G ethernet which would net them the ability to handle a grand total of 50 subscribers. ISP's routers handle millions of subscribers so you can do the math on how over provisioned they are.
They are willing to sell you 2G sure but it is a marketing thing more than anything. After a certain point it is kind of like expanding your driveway to 7 lanes to improve your commute times to work because the bottleneck is somewhere else.
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