15 thoughts on “State of the Internet: Fiber, Fast Cities and Faster Broadband”

    1. We would like to think that but unfortunately we are not getting rid of fibers and cables anytime soon. As someone who uses Sprint’s excellent WiMAX network, I speak from experience when I say that.

      Also, the bigger challenge is that WiMAX isn’t going anywhere fast and the other competitive technologies are also limited by the spectrum and amount of bandwidth being fed into the network to handle the traffic.

    2. The poor penetrative properties of WiMax make your argument seem as realistic as the Huxtable Family. In addition, mobile broadband carrier caps on LTE usage will keep fixed connections from going away for a long time.

    3. Wimax is far from that. One solution to improve everybody’s wireless broadband would be to mesh all phones and idevices together to create a people powered network.

  1. Interesting to see that 66% of mobile broadband providers averaged over 1Mbs, it would be even more interesting to see the split between 3G and 4G.

    1. Rich

      I think for now if you look at worldwide mobile networks, I think most of them are primarily 3G – HSPA+-based. By end of 2011 we are going to see a big shift to faster networks – the post 3G technologies that is.

    1. Apparently you don’t understand how big the US is compared to everyone else. It’s a logistical miracle that broadband penetration is as high as it is.

  2. The telcos are only trying to up their speeds and saturation in markets they already cover. There is no interest in expanding to those who have no coverage because this will cost them money to revamp and install. I am one of those that isn’t covered by any type of high speed or broadband. I don’t live in the “country” or the “boonies”. I live between two cities and only 5 minutes from I-5 in Washington. It’s all about the money they can make not the coverage.

    1. This is where the cable companies who want to enter mobile data provision should make a play (ex. Time Warner) where they have the throughput to produce adequate data supply for rural mobile users and sell roaming back to the carriers.

    1. Well that isn’t very nice lol.
      For what it’s worth, Canada has the highest adoption rate for Canada of any country in the world. I honestly suspect that is due to the sparse population that clusters in about nine large cities and the weather forcing people inside more than in warmer climates.

  3. Australia is currently rolling out a national broadband network of fibre to every house in the country. By 2015 the whole of Australia will have fibre connection speeds projected as 100MB per sec

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