South Korea aims to make 1,000Mbps the standard by 2012

By on October 17, 2010, 1:43 PM
South Korea is already considered the country with the fastest broadband for the masses (it offers 12Mbps on average), but it's not quite satisfied with simply being first in the world. Most Western world countries are promising to guarantee everyone 2Mbps connections for the near future and the highest speeds ISPs currently offer are either 50Mbps or 100Mbps. Meanwhile, South Korea is looking to forge even further ahead by boosting its broadband speeds to 1,000Mbps (1Gbps) by 2012, according to the BBC. The South Korean government is encouraging enterprises to spend the 34 trillion Won ($30.63 billion) required to complete the scheme, a figure that is roughly comparable to the country's annual education budget.

"I think in the future we will really see a data deluge - data will explode over the network," said Lee Suk-Chae, chairman of Korea Telecom. "And you cannot handle that data traffic only through the mobile internet. Although there will be LTE, still you won't be able to handle all that traffic. Fixed line is essential to support that traffic and in that sense, I think people want to watch the content they want anywhere, anytime, and to satisfy their demands you need to have a strong network, maybe a gigabit internet." Chae says that only 10 percent of data transfer is through 3G networks in South Korea, while 70 percent comes through Wi-Fi. Given the number of hotspots in the country's urban areas and the many times faster it is, we're not surprised.

A speed of 1Gbps in the Asian nation translates to maxing out your connection at a download speed of 128 megabytes per second. In other words, downloading a 700MB movie would take 5.47 seconds, a 4.7GB DVD would finish in 37.6 seconds, and a 50GB Blu-ray disc would appear on your computer in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. It looks like many South Koreans will soon be downloading at speeds the rest of us can only dream of.





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lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Two words:

Holy. Shit.

Guest said:

I'm going to apply for citizenship

bakape said:

lawfer said:

Two words:

Holy. Shit.

SilverCider said:

This will only be ok if everyone will have moved to SSD as you can't write to a mechanical drive (7200rpm) at 128 MB/s.

motrin said:

i'm going to smuggle my self in to SK

KG363 KG363 said:

56k FTW

just kidding.

And I was impressed with my 18mbps

I NEED THIS

zillion said:

lawl

being adopted away from SK suddenly seems to be the worst thing that have ever happend to me....

Guess i have a reasson to seek out my biological parrents ^^

Johny47 said:

I honestly still want fibre optic broadband(up to about 100mbps) because I hate the provider I'm with(Sky s***band) I barely get half a MB at the best of times but 1,000mb... =O

How is that going to happen? sriously you'll need about 10 fibre optic cables going into each street... or house haha =P

bugejakurt said:

All this speed is worthless for normal internet usage.

Guest said:

Imagine the amount of porn you can stream with 1000Mbps.

Anshrew said:

SilverCider said:

This will only be ok if everyone will have moved to SSD as you can't write to a mechanical drive (7200rpm) at 128 MB/s.

Is it not possible for the download to be stored in RAM and then written to the Harddrive at whatever that maximum speed is?

Seeing as how most computers at at 4GB and above for system memory, I don't see any real problems with such a solution, except maybe power failures and the like.

skitzo_zac skitzo_zac, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Can I haz?

Guest said:

Ehh doesn't really matter if the backbone performance isn't there. All the ISPs can offer those speeds between their network and the subscribers... but the available bandwidth to the internet is probably going to be less. Here in the states we are way over subscribed, while you can get a 12 or 20 mbit connection to your ISP, that doesn't mean you'll be getting that into the internet. During the day i'm lucky to get 2mbit to the internet in the city where I live because of our connection to the backbone.

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

bakape said:

lawfer said:

Two words:

Holy. Shit.

KG363 KG363 said:

Guest said:

Ehh doesn't really matter if the backbone performance isn't there. All the ISPs can offer those speeds between their network and the subscribers... but the available bandwidth to the internet is probably going to be less. Here in the states we are way over subscribed, while you can get a 12 or 20 mbit connection to your ISP, that doesn't mean you'll be getting that into the internet. During the day i'm lucky to get 2mbit to the internet in the city where I live because of our connection to the backbone.

I pay for 18mbps and I can get 16-22. One time, it went to like 3.6MBps when I was downloading from steam. That's almost 29 mbps

Wendig0 Wendig0, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Guest said:

Imagine the amount of porn you can stream with 1000Mbps.[/quote

I was thinking the exact same thing.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Is it not possible for the download to be stored in RAM and then written to the Harddrive at whatever that maximum speed is?

Seeing as how most computers at at 4GB and above for system memory, I don't see any real problems with such a solution, except maybe power failures and the like.

Don't you? Suppose you want to stream a Blu-Ray Title. Although, I suppose by the time we get internet at this speed, computers will have 50 Gigs of RAM (DDR-6, that is).

Guest said:

that will solve the lag issue in BFBC2

Guest said:

And I thought my university's 40mbps was fast compared to the 3-4mbps I had at home....FFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUCANADA

Guest said:

But Singapore has presently already made it a standard. The government had played a important roll to invest stakes with Pvt sector players to implement a fiber optic network which presently peaks at 1Gbps and has the potential to go higher.

The present buy in is a 24 month contract at an avarage of 68 Sg $ (additional for home phone alone with TV so the net works out at avg of 68).

The catch we experience is that since rest of the world is still with avg 2 Mbps you will still feel the Nte is slow or nearly the same unless you are sharing file with a Buddy over on the local ISP NW.

nismo91 said:

But Singapore has presently already made it a standard. The government had played a important roll to invest stakes with Pvt sector players to implement a fiber optic network which presently peaks at 1Gbps and has the potential to go higher.

The present buy in is a 24 month contract at an avarage of 68 Sg $ (additional for home phone alone with TV so the net works out at avg of 68).

The catch we experience is that since rest of the world is still with avg 2 Mbps you will still feel the Nte is slow or nearly the same unless you are sharing file with a Buddy over on the local ISP NW.

yes they have 1000mbps internet in here. the price is approx 400SGD/mth, while the 100mbps is 68-100SGD/mth. do note it only uses fibre-optic connection, hence not all housing is supported. so i guess it's not a standard yet.

1000mbps ~ 125MBps. heck even my harddrive throughput is not that high.

arkantos said:

overkill.

thant would make all terrabyte hardisk screaming for space

posermobile89 said:

cyrusjumpjet said:

bakape said:

lawfer said:

Two words:

Holy. Shit.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

What, if any, is your point?

Guest said:

the problem is, is your hardrive able to write on 128Mbps...?????

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

This whole issue is a bit silly for anything other than enterprise use. It really doesn't matter how fast you can download, for anything other than convenience purposes. If you're going to keep the garbage you down, you'll still need a place to put it. The novelty of buying a 1TB HDD once every other week, will wear off in a hurry.

The home user can't watch that many movies, look at that much porn, or listen to that much music. So I guess you'd be doing it because you can. IMO, not much point to that.

tengeta tengeta said:

Its easy when you have that small of a territory, most U.S. States (at least in the west) make South Korea look like a county.

Lokalaskurar Lokalaskurar said:

arkantos said:

overkill.

thant would make all terrabyte hardisk screaming for space

Yeah, but with the South Korean population getting some 1 Gbps access, you would think that they are capable of upgrading their individual storages, aswell

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

Its easy when you have that small of a territory, most U.S. States (at least in the west) make South Korea look like a county.

Yeah well, the guest that posted those "facts" about Hong Kong, did so seemingly in response to a post about Mexico. A couple of dozen cell towers would put a dent in covering that. I still don't know why, other than enterprise uses, that speed is needed. It's probably the luddite in me coming out.

Leeky Leeky said:

56k FTW

just kidding.

And I was impressed with my 18mbps

I NEED THIS

I like my fibre optic 50mb.... But that, now that would be seriously interesting!!!!

I'm not even sure my SSD could handle the speed of that connection. Thats rather fast!

Guest said:

download 700mb in 5 to 7 sec @.@

unbelievable.....it's really holy ****..

fimbles fimbles said:

Looks like "cloud" computing is not that far away after all.

Netbooks playing crysis for all!! huzzah!

gobbybobby said:

saying hardrives are not that fast is not relevent, Do you people only have 1 PC???? I have 3 PCs and 3 lappys sharing a 1 meg line... How do you think I feel when I try play Halo or MAG when people are home!!!

bugejakurt said:

Guest said:

download 700mb in 5 to 7 sec @.@

unbelievable.....it's really holy ****..

It ultimately depends on how much download is the SERVER you're downloading from willing to give you. Many servers are now limited to 8Mbps upload for each node to balance the download speed each node can download per second. Even if you are downloading from torrents you are limited to the upload speed of the number of seeds and peers.

I think this download speed is only feasible for huge enterprise companies who are constantly receiving synced information from multiple branches and saving them on huge drives.

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Jesse Jesse said:

lol @ RAM comments... I don't think you quite understand how RAM works.

I thought Japan had the fastest average broadband speed at like 64mbps, or something similar, not South Korea.

Guest said:

This is only partially correct.

I can Raid 0 two 7200rpm drives and get writes speeds higher than 128mb's.

10k raptors are also close to this in write speeds just under it.

Guest said:

When was the last time you saw an option in your browser to store the download folder to ram?

What you can do is create a ramdisc and use that to store data that is being downloaded.

However all of that is not needed just setup a Raid 0 setup which can easily handle that write speed.

Guest said:

While the numbers look great you have to remember the host on the other end has to be able to push this speed to you.

And while that 1Gbps speed will be great locally in korea when you hit a hop that is outside of the country guess what your speeds will be.

So forget about your Hard drives not being able to handle the write speed can the host you are connecting to send data to you that fast for most it will be no!

So instead of worrying about if you car can handle the gas you need to figure out how you are going to get it first.

Guest said:

Are they nuts??......... 1Gb/sec is crazzzzzzzyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I only get 512Kb!!!!!!!!!!!!! :O :O

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I have to agree with the guest comment about host speeds. I have 8mpbs cable internet right now (so I'm getting a max speed1 MB/s) but most places I d/l files from cap me at about 300 to 400 KB/s, at least for http d/l. gigabit internet is way over kill then.

I rarely max out that 1 MB/s d/l speed.

Leeky Leeky said:

saying hardrives are not that fast is not relevent, Do you people only have 1 PC???? I have 3 PCs and 3 lappys sharing a 1 meg line... How do you think I feel when I try play Halo or MAG when people are home!!!

I'd be surprised if most of the enthusiasts on this site only have one computer.

P.S. My first post on the forum with my recently won MSI X340 laptop btw! Thanks Techspot!

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

saying hardrives are not that fast is not relevent, Do you people only have 1 PC???? I have 3 PCs and 3 lappys sharing a 1 meg line... How do you think I feel when I try play Halo or MAG when people are home!!!
I gotta give you that one. With 1 gigabit download speeds. everybody in the house could download their favorite porn expeditiously and simultaneously. But then again, that would be "enterprise use", since it's the same thing that's being done at the office.

Guest said:

For all those who worries about the hard disk speed; trust me it will be the standard to use SSD by 2012. We will only use traditional hard disks as a backup mechanism. By the end of this year itself SSD prices will be cut in half and by end of 2012, they will be comparable to traditional hard disk prices and capacities but with much higher speeds (even higher than what they are now. Probably SATA 4.0 at 12Gbps).

Leeky Leeky said:

For all those who worries about the hard disk speed; trust me it will be the standard to use SSD by 2012. We will only use traditional hard disks as a backup mechanism. By the end of this year itself SSD prices will be cut in half and by end of 2012, they will be comparable to traditional hard disk prices and capacities but with much higher speeds (even higher than what they are now. Probably SATA 4.0 at 12Gbps).

That's a lot of very strong assumptions you've made in that paragraph alone.

captaincranky captaincranky, TechSpot Addict, said:

That's a lot of very strong assumptions you've made in that paragraph alone.
Really, the global totalitarian government predicted for 1984, has never come to pass either! Well, at least if you discount Google it hasn't.

Guest said:

High speed, bi-directionally, makes things like backing up all the **** you've downloaded a feasible exercise. Even with Verizon's top-tier residential FiOS plan, it still takes a few days to do a full backup of my laptop's only partially full hard drive. If I wanted to back up (or restore) the mutli-TB worth of data I have on my NAS, we're looking at several weeks to accomplish (thankfully, BackBlaze offers the option of delivering a hard drive containing your restore-data).

Guest said:

That is 20,000 56Kbps modems!

Guest said:

Oh grow up, what kind of ADD does a person need to have to trade a 10mbps connection for a 1000mbps once, so that a 700mb movie, instead of finishing in ~10-15 minutes, finishes in 15 seconds. In 15 minutes, you can go to your microwave, make some popcorn, go to the toilet, and end up with a great movie that has just finished downloading.

The only time I would trade my current connectinon for that one is if the prices are exactly the same. $5 more and I ain't touching that. Plus, it's a very sillly way to spent 30 billion USD.

Guest said:

And here in South Africa most of us are still on dial up and 384kbs lines. :( Gimme the Gigabyte line!!!

Lurker101 said:

Thought I might just add that 1,000MB is not 1GB

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