Gigabit broadband to make its debut in Korea?

By Justin Mann on February 2, 2009, 7:41 PM
Gigabit Internet is closer to reality than ever before, at least for Korea. The Korea Communications Commission has announced a plan that will see the development of a Gigabit Internet infrastructure, available for all Koreans, within the next five years. The cost of implementing the service is high, close to $24.6 billion, but by the time it is complete the entire country will be blanketed in it. Little other details about the Government-backed project are available, but it does appear that numerous providers will be involved in the process.

That will be a pretty amazing feat, if it gets pulled off. The majority of us are using 100Mbps or 1000Mbps switches for our local networks, with our Internet connection speeds being only minuscule fractions of that. To have an Internet connection that can meet or even exceed your LAN speed is impressive indeed, and from there, your bottleneck becomes the major backbone providers and service providers around the world. Some might wonder who needs 1Gbps Internet, yet years ago people thought the same thing about 20Mbps, 10Mbps or even 1Mbps connections. We may not need it now, but the nature of the Internet is to create the need for it.

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9Nails said:
Korea's like what? Smaller than Arizona with 10X greater population density? Infrastructure shouldn't be too difficult for them to complete across the country. They have the population needed to keep it affordable.In some ways, it's unfortunate that the USA is so large in size. This makes it difficult for American's to have the same economy per sq km. And that makes the returns on investment less profitable if they tried the same thing.
Deathstar17 said:
And in America you still get overcharged for slow internet that the ISPs don't seem real keen on even attempting to improve!
tengeta said:
It doesn't help when some ISP's believe 5 megabits should be a government enforced cap on bandwidth.
gobbybobby said:
Well if a company can create a large area wireless network with a very fast speeds (faster than a gig!) A small island off the cost of Scotland, UK get the fastest speed in the UK and get it free because there is a large WI-FI network. I get 1 gig. Its ok, but not great! I live in the UK.
Grimrocker said:
@Deathstar17Some others like me living in "third world countries" have to bear with ISPs that offer unbelievable costs for the almost pathetic services and not to mention the slow slow speeds and still manage to smile at the end of the day... just be glad you are ahead in the race of internet connectivity.
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