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    Default 1Gbps (to the home) Fiber-Optic Service Arrives in Japan on October 1

    "Near-instantaneous porn downloads will soon be possible in Japan thanks to a speedy new, widely available, fiber-optic service from ISP KDDI. The service will offer upload and download speeds (each way) of up to one gigabit per second. The service goes online October 1 for single family homes and low-rise apartment buildings for about $56 a month, and will be considerably higher than the current 100 megabits per second norm most Japanese citizens already enjoy today. If the outcome of the 2008 election doesn't get me to move to another country, these currently untouchable download speeds just might."

    Intertubes: 1Gbps Fiber-Optic Service Arrives in Japan on October 1





    I do not think this figure will be anywhere near the effective speed... people commonly confuse available bandwidth with actual rate of transfer, just because your smallest capillaries have become 10x as big does not mean you will have the blood to pump into them. Only the larger companies are even using 10Gbps distribution in the datacenter, there is pretty much no way 1Gbps could be maintained at last-mile, especially not for such a densely populated country like Japan.

    Basically, it's neat that they have the infrastructure, but pretty useless. Yes, data transport is booming with the widespread adoption of optical media, but until we come up with something to match it in terms of integrated circuitry, processing, and storage, a lot of that capacity will be collecting dust.

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    That just means they'll get it that fast from other places in Japan *shrug*
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    Meanwhile I'm stuck with 1.5mbps DSL until FIOS comes out here sometime next year.
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    Bastards. I'm stuck on 31.2Kbps. Just...bastards.

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    And I thought I was lucky with my 100 mbit connection Ah well.

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    I remember playing around with fiber optic connections in the late 90s...They weren't mine of course.

    Rad stuff, that.

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    *sigh* what a waste of time...1 GBPS downloads?...its not going to be any faster, unless its coming on the same servers, because the infrastructure outside of those servers won't be able to keep up.

    whats more ridiculous however, is the fact that its for commercial home use. WHY ON EARTH WOULD SOMEONE NEED SO MUCH SPEED OF INTERNET IN THEIR HOMES :|

    we have...as standard...what..about 1.5 MBPS here in Australia...which can easily load a video as you watch it, without an ounce of lag. (i have never had a problem, and i have 5 DIFFERENT COMPUTERS/DEVICES SHARING IT *1 DESKTOP, 2 LAPTOPS, A PS3 AND A WII all being used at once at times, by different family members) WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU NEED ANY FASTER INTERNET (providing it really is that much faster, considering you would be constantly waiting for other servers not capable of sustaining such speeds to get you the information you are asking for, which imo = MASSSSSSIVE AMOUNT OF LAG)

    japan may be leading in the global eye, internet technology, but they are going to have to wait for quite some time for the rest of the world to catch up, if we catch up at all (which i think we will, eventually!!!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ENTJ Extraordinaire View Post
    whats more ridiculous however, is the fact that its for commercial home use. WHY ON EARTH WOULD SOMEONE NEED SO MUCH SPEED OF INTERNET IN THEIR HOMES :|
    Make it available, and people will find a way to use it. I can think of lots of uses. Imagine Netflix type stuff. You could download an entire Blu-Ray quality movie from them in the time it takes you to blink. Yes, it won't work perfectly until everyone has it, but it has to start somewhere.

    we have...as standard...what..about 1.5 MBPS here in Australia...which can easily load a video as you watch it, without an ounce of lag. (i have never had a problem, and i have 5 DIFFERENT COMPUTERS/DEVICES SHARING IT *1 DESKTOP, 2 LAPTOPS, A PS3 AND A WII all being used at once at times, by different family members) WHY ON EARTH WOULD YOU NEED ANY FASTER INTERNET (providing it really is that much faster, considering you would be constantly waiting for other servers not capable of sustaining such speeds to get you the information you are asking for, which imo = MASSSSSSIVE AMOUNT OF LAG)
    Speaking from personal experience...my 1.5mbps is far too slow for the type of household I live in. (I said f*** it, and switched to cablevision, and am now getting 50mbps down/3 up.) Faster speeds, especially 30mbps+, enables things you wouldn't normally think possible. large remote file transfers, streaming HD, running a good server, all sorts of fun stuff. NOTE: I live in a family of technologically...um, advanced people. We've got: 6 Desktops, 5 Laptops, an Xbox 360, a Slingbox, and 2 TiVos. (And we have 4 people. We all are involved in IT/Tech).
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    hmmm, i guess that does change things slightly. still...1 GBPS! that is absolutely insane.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ENTJ Extraordinaire View Post
    hmmm, i guess that does change things slightly. still...1 GBPS! that is absolutely insane.
    Definitely. However, I would also definitely take it if it was offered to me at a sane price.
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