Coming Soon: 1 GB Gbps Fiber Broadband. Just Not in the U.S.

11 thoughts on “Coming Soon: 1 GB Gbps Fiber Broadband. Just Not in the U.S.”

  1. NO! The carriers won’t build out fiber everywhere. They will build out to the same people who have faster speeds now. Network quality will be like cars, education, vacation and housing quality. The difference between “the haves” and “have nots” will get bigger, not smaller in a nonlinear way. If you live in a area with lots of buried plant you are in deep trouble. If you are rural, ex-suburban or even in some cases suburban you are in deep trouble…

  2. Om,

    1GB bandwidth or anything close to is absolutely terrific for cloud storage providers. With our strategic focus on using existing open protocols such as NFS and CIFS to provide cloud storage (http://www.idrive.com/oss/), businesses will be seamlessly integrate cloud storage offerings from us with their LAN almost to the point where users can’t even tell where the storage is located!

    Raghu Kulkarni
    Pro Softnet Corp

  3. I hate to nitpick, but I will anyway. I expect GigaOM to be very accurate as most articles are extremely well written and informative. I have to say that the title of this article was very misleading. It refers to “GB” fiber broadband. This, in fact, isn’t what is being offered. Instead, it’s “Gb” fiber broadband.

    The difference is that “GB” refers, typically, to storage. I’m sure that some day it won’t, but not right now. 1 GB is equal to 1,024,000,000 bytes, though storage companies have moved away from the older binary (multiples of 2) to a decimal format. This means that storage companies are calling 1 GB equal to 1,000,000,000 bytes.

    1 Gb, when referring to broadband, is decimal and means 1,000,000,000 bits. This is an 8-10 fold difference depending upon who you are talking to. This is why your downloads show, say “600 KB/s” when downloading in Windows environments, even though you bought a 6 Mb broadband “pipe”. The two are equivalent.

    Sorry to nitpick.

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