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?
4/16/2013 1:04:01 PM
Unfortunately this type of progress will never happen in the United States. Japan and Europe had the "opportunity" to re-establish the way their utilities work after World War 2, requiring heavy rebuilding and expansion, contracting out to as many private companies to build what was necessary and regulating in a sane manner, and "fortunately" we haven't had a disaster like that, but without a functional political system, that's the only other way we can completely deregulate our wireless spectrum and utilities.
At least we can finally buy natural gas and electricity from competing companies...we haven't been able to do that since the Nixon Administration.
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