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World's fastest Internet arrives in Tokyo: 2Gbps for $50/mo

By Rick ยท 59 replies
Apr 17, 2013
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  1. So-net, a Sony-owned Internet service provider, is busy rolling out 2 Gbps fiber-based Internet to Japan's Tokyo-area residents. Named "Nuro", the company's blazingly fast service is double the speed of Google Fiber and claims to be the fastest in the...

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  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,526   +416

    If you break out the cost of the installation over the 24 month period, the monthly cost still ends up being ~$72.50 + plus any addl fees and taxes, then drops back down to $50 a month moving forward from there. I'd GLADLY absorb the initial installation cost for that kind of service, as long as I have at least 100Mbps of upstream traffic (even 50Mbps, but come on, downstream traffic is 2Gbps). My home server would love to swim in an ocean of bandwidth.

    edit: however, one cost no one considers is the actual cost of living in Japan, and in Tokyo no less... Hint: it's atrocious for space and the comforts many Americans and Europeans are used to.
    prismatics and Darth Shiv like this.
  3. Oddly surprising last year a small town (pop. 7500) began rolling out Fiber service. For them its

    1) $99 install fee $99/month and 3 year contract for that price.


    2) $99 install fee and $129 month to month with no contract.
  4. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,378   +935

    I like it when they try to make it a competition...
  5. Twixtea

    Twixtea TS Rookie Posts: 86

    I'd pay an arm and a leg for a 2gbps connection, well not literally but yea.
    I'm stuck here with 4mbps connection with capped monthly bandwith and people argue about the price of that connection.
    Oh and I think it was Japan who intended to stream 4K video content by their media by 2015 iirc?
    So any internet regarding bottlenecks are removed, Japanese are really serious when they strive for something, it's really admirable.
  6. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    just wait till you see what the Germans can do.
  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,151   +1,411

    "When it comes to broadband speed, the U.S. continues to lag behind a number of smaller countries, earning a 12th place spot."

    Yeah, all we need to do is take the population of every state west of the Mississippi and pack them into an area the size of California. That should make it easy to run fiber to everyone. :)
    p51d007, Arris and St1ckM4n like this.
  8. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193


    Comcast just double me from 50 down to 105 down with some tweaks
    D3 modem Ubee 1GB port
    Tweaked Connection removed all splitters from the CATV box.
  9. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TS Addict Posts: 603   +109

    Unless you want to stream a movie or two?. and stream music at the same time, and if you have a son and wants to play online and you realize 3 to 6 MBPS suck?. you're craving for at least 20mbps but your internet provider cracks open your wallet with their prices. :D
  10. MrBungle

    MrBungle TS Booster Posts: 151   +67

    Can we please get 10Gbps ethernet to become the defacto standard on everything so we can acutally use that kind of speed?
    Darth Shiv likes this.
  11. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,947   +568

    Good point
  12. windmill007

    windmill007 TS Rookie Posts: 307

    Come on who needs that. Verizon assures me that my 3MB DSL is the best around!!! It's soooo freaking fast /s
    madboyv1 likes this.
  13. And here in MB, Canada, we pay ~$70/month for a 15-20MB line, and if you don't need that much speed, a 256kb line costs, NO JOKE, $35/month. (at least from my ISP).
  14. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,482   +978

    Tokyo is ready for 4K. My 20MB download is good enough for me. No need for faster internet unless you are streaming 4K.
  15. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,842   +193

    The cost for 50 down was $99 bucks but with the $100 bucks off a month (on their dime because they have been over charging me) cost me like $14 with taxes. But now it's 105 down for the same $14 with taxes. But 105 with tweaks yields up to 132mb down. That's the fastest I ever had I've come along way from dial-up days 2.4kb, 9.6kb, 14kb, 56kb, adsl 1mb, 3mb, 5mb, cable 15mb, 20mb, 25mb, 30mb, 50mb and now 105mb.
  16. Here in romania for 10 euro you have 100 mbps.:) but the minimum salary is just 180.
  17. Stickmansam

    Stickmansam TS Rookie

    I'm at about $35 for a 15mb down 150kb up in vancouver, canada. That's with a bundle deal though, non bundle is about $50
  18. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,947   +568

    How about backing up data to cloud? Here's a case study for you. 155mins of 1920x1080 30fps (that is JPG compressed video at 11MB/s - not RGB encoded or RAW) video takes 100GB. That is standard output for a smartphone btw. If you have a 1mbps uplink, that takes 12 DAYS to upload. Tell me that is practical?

    What if you take video for a living? A smartphone is low spec compared to professional kit. And that's just a video specific analogy. Uploading *anything* is a problem on current broadband in your country and mine.
  19. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,947   +568

    Just got to say this. What I am absolutely staggered about is how many people say "There is no need for faster internet" and "what would you use faster internet for?" because they don't know what to do with faster internet. That's backwards. How can you know what to do with it if you can't do anything now because you don't have that bandwidth *to do more*?

    Working in an IT company, personally I have a hundred things that I would do faster. You know what we do at the moment when we need to get a copy of a 40GB database backup? We use Australia Post. That is absolutely hilarious - in the digital age, we POST a database backup on thumb drives or DVDs because it gets there faster than our internet would transfer it. A joke around the office is carrier pigeon would be faster - the risk is DoS by eagles.
    Jarrad and MilwaukeeMike like this.
  20. And I pay $50 p/m for my 2Mbs line in South Africa....
  21. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +104

    Japan gets all the good stuff T_T

  22. Everyone should be just like you then, right? With everyone constantly backing up all of their data, why are they even saying they don't need 2Gbps? Truly puzzling.
  23. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,676   +416

    I moved recently from an area where I had about 15mbps to one that has 3mbps. Streaming LoveFilm movies suffers from hiccups and downloading games and updates takes forever!

    I checked before I moved to see if better broadband would be available. Found that British Telecom would be rolling out fibre in the area in December 2012, and the unlimited package we are on means I'd get upgraded to 50-70mbps at no additional cost. Most of the area I live in have been upgraded, but one cabinet hasn't had fibre run to it yet, the one at the end of my street. Looks like it will be December 2013 before BT get their finger out! So frustrating knowing a couple of streets away have nice fast internet.
  24. Edohiguma

    Edohiguma TS Rookie

    Nothing new. NTT's sub-company OCN has been offering symmetric 1 Gpbs with their "OCN Hikari with FLET'S" since 2011. They're now just upping the ante.
  25. Edohiguma

    Edohiguma TS Rookie

    Yes, you should backup your data regularly. Common sense would dictate it. Even if it's just your email and browser data. Backups are good. It's just like when working on something the old rule still applies "Save, save, save and save again".
    Arris likes this.
  26. I wonder what it wil be like to have a 1 Mbps line lol

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