Gigabit broadband’s chicken and egg situation

The demand for superfast broadband won’t really take off unless carriers lower prices on higher speed tiers, argues Williams Yeung, CEO of Hong Kong-based City Telecom. I think the biggest mistake we’re making is waiting for some red-hot, bandwidth-hungry application to come along.

The storage vs bandwidth debate

Cloud computing depends on the idea that we will have ample and cheap bandwidth that will allow us to access various types of information and services on any kind of device, anywhere. This need only goes up as we start living in an on-demand world.

Comcast shows off 1 Gbps broadband

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts showed off the next-generation cable broadband technology, which could deliver data at over 1 gigabit per second to our homes. Roberts showed a live 11-mile cable network, touting it as the future of wireline broadband.

1 Gbps for $20 a Month? That’s Cheap Broadband!

In the U.S. if you want a 50 Mbps-to-a-100 Mbps connection, it is going to cost you plenty – about $105 with a triple play plan. On the other side of the planet, however, you can buy 1 Gbps broadband for $20 a month.

In the Netherlands, 1 Gbps Broadband Will Soon Be Everywhere

Google last week announced Google Fiber, an experimental fiber-to-the-home network it plans to use to connect between 20,000 and 200,000 homes. And while we wait for that network to take shape, Reggefiber of the Netherlands is moving ahead and upgrading its network to 1 Gbps.

By 2012 Koreans Will Get 1Gbps Broadband Connections

The Korea Communications Commission is working on plans that will boost broadband speeds in that country tenfold by the end of 2012. That means Koreans will access 1 Gbps service by 2012. That’s 200 times as fast as your typical 5 Mbps DSL connection sold in the U.S. At present, Koreans can get speeds of up to 100 Mbps from their broadband providers. Availability of such high-speed connections has allowed Korea to emerge as a leader in the MMO and online gaming industries. Even higher broadband speeds are going to unveil many new usage scenarios, which can lead to new company creation.

In addition to its wired broadband efforts, KCC expects wireless broadband to get a 10x speed bump to 10 Mbps vs. current speeds. KCC is promoting the homegrown WiBro standard as a way to boost speeds. It will re-allocate spectrum in the 800 MHz and 900 MHz bands with preference given to new operators and latecomers to the market. KCC wants to allocate the spectrum next year and hopes that services start in June 2011. IPTV is another area of focus for KCC.

The efforts are part of giving Korean IT infrastructure a boost, according to KCC. The plan is going to cost about $24.6 billion and will create 120,000 jobs. KCC was established because of the convergence of telecom, broadcast and broadband industries.We need our FCC to start thinking along those lines and make some drastic changes to get us to an ultrabroadband future . (Image Courtesy of JoongAng Daily.)