South Korea Targets 1Gbps Internet Connection By 2012

Holy Moses! Those lucky internet users in South Korea just got a little luckier. The South Korean Government has announced that all homes by 2012 will be connected to an ultra-fast 1 gigabit per second network.

It's hard to even imagine how quick those speeds are - considering most Australians are lucky to see speeds over 20Mbps (if that). South Korea is currently the world leader in high speed internet connections, but most of that comes from VDSL and ADSL copper wire technologies, so fibre cables will need to built in their place as the rollout continues. It's yet another solid reason why the planned NBN, using fibre to the node is such a good idea in this country too.

The beauty of a fibre built network like the NBN and the Korean model (which should provide another whack on the hands to those wireless supporters who shall not be named), is that you can always upgrade the network in the future without touching the cables already in the ground.

Then again, it's hard to think of practical reasons (outside of video delivery and cloud computing) for needing a 1Gbps connection in the first place. 100Mbps will do me just fine.

If you had 1Gbps at your disposal, what would you use it for? [via NYT]



    "The South Korean Government has announced that all homes by 2012 will be connected to an ultra-fast 1 gigabyte per second network."

    It's 1Gbps, gigabit not gigabyte.

    hmmm, on a 1 GigaByte per seccond i would probably be downloading, watching and listening anything i can find for about 100 secconds and then wait for next month to begin so they take me back off smallband. (On a 1Gigabit per seccond i would do it for about 800 secconds.

    Think back to when broadband was shiny and new. 10Mbps seemed like more than enough. 100Mbps may seem like more than enough now but I have no doubt future Internet technologies will make use of all that speed in ways we have yet to imagine.

    I'd use 1000gbit for cloud based stuff...

    at that speed, and assuming low latency, you would notice next to NO difference between accessing stuff on the cloud, and accessing stuff on your own internal hard drive!

    thats the way it is for gigabit lan anyway.

    also, an actual video CONFERENCE, (i.e. not just two people, but a bunch of people) you would stretch the limit of 100mbit.

    in short, as I work with computers, with 1gibit, I'd happily move to the most remote, rural town, as I'd never have to leave my house for work related stuff.

    For anyone confused it's 1 gigabit per second. 1 Gb is 1024 megabits. So this is around 10x the hypothetical speed of the NBN.

      FYI. When talking about network bandwidth the measurements are base 10, not base 2. So really, 1Gb/s = 1000Mb/s. When talking about capacity within a computer though (RAM, HDD etc), it is base 2(1024).

      Also, the NBN optical fiber has the potential to reach 1Gb/s (and higher)speeds as well. In a similar manner to how Cat5 can support 1Gb/s speeds; but most home networks only run at 1Mb/s due to NIC or routers not supporting gigabit.

      Bah. Sorry, that should have been 100Mb/s for home networks, not 1Mb/s. Looks like i'm just adding to confusion now. :s

        Hi Floyd

        Good thing you tried to explain it as many don’t understand... basically to do the maths divide by 8 as there is 8 bits (small b for bits) in a Byte (Large B for bytes)... internet speeds are generally advertised in Mega bits and not Mega Bytes (probably because it sounds faster and back in the days speeds were slow... now days I’m sure most would prefer Mega Bytes as that’s what most OS’s work on and report to their users when downloading files..etc..etc)

        So if your ADSL connection is connected at say 20Mb/s (small ‘b’) divide that by 8 and you’ve got your speed in MB/s (large ‘B’) so that would translate to 2.5MB/s maximum throughput but due to overheads you can’t expect to get files transferred at that speed it will always be slightly less but that’s the true conversion required from bits to bytes.

        If you want to learn more I’m sure there is lots of details that Google can help out with ;-)

    Cloud based storage is useless if we don't develop wireless technology hand in hand. What's the point of taking to the cloud if when I'm using my Vodafone smart phone I can only download at 50kbps. I wouldn't go smacking the wrist of anyone wanting to invest in wireless tech. Unless of course you want to run around with a cable plugged into your phone.

      Hear hear. That's what I've been saying all along. Mobile/portable devices are on the uptake and wireless broadband upgrade needs to be as important as the precious NBN. If we lumber ourselves with a hard wired system and ignore the future of wireless, we'll be doing this all over again in 5-10 years time and bemoaning the waste of billions of dollars for the sake of "looking" up to date. It's dumb logic. We can have both you know but why this government is hell bent on shoving this down our throats without consideration makes me query their motives. Me thinks the unions await this pot of gold, rubbing their hands with glee. They'll benefit the most out of all of this, guaranteed.

    I'm lucky to get over 1mb/s D':

    Korean has had 1Gbps connections for some time now but good to see they will be pushing it out further now... This has been my issue with our government why the hell are they installing 100mbps equipment as the technologies are already at 1gbps (higher actually but it's still VERY expensive)... So once our wonderfully expensive network is installed it will be time to upgrade.

    1Gbps might sound like allot at the moment but when you use to run a 10/100 network at home you thought that was good right... then you installed gigabit (which is basically what they are talking about)... personally I already find gigabit too slow for internal transfers... yes the NBN will be nice but I still can’t believe Australia has both download limits (and in some cases upload as well) AND speed limits imposed... it’s just crazy!

    Good on Korea I recon, also take not the vast (and I mean vast) majority of the network will be privately funded not tax payer funded!

      Hello! 1gbps will be available with the NBN.

        Hi JD

        Yes I noticed that some time back but I have not read much about it since... all the trials I've seen and plans I've managed to find online are slow (eg, 25, 50, 100...etc.etc)... most also have very slow upload speed and as well as caps on the speed also on the downloads... crazy stuff!

    Also forgot to mention something about your comment on wireless networks, Korea also have a much better wireless network than we do, they also run both wired and wireless, as I believe we will have to1... When visiting Korea I constantly see and speak to people who stream live video, TV music..etc..etc. in the depths of their subway system, on busses and just about any were and they don’t seem to have any issues... In Australia I’m flat out trying to ‘stream’ a voice call on a bus in the open yet along if there is a 300 meter long tunnel... ROFL

    I love travailing to Korea and parts of Asia it’s such an eye opener compared to Australia in some regards.

    Also remember a 1Gbps connection works out to be around a maximum of 128MB/s without any overheads so you can think of it as a 100MB/s connection really... what our government is installing is 10x slower than that think of it more like 10MB/s which is not all that fast for a network that they are saying could take upto 10 years to build.

    Just my 2 cents worth any way.... All the best!

    The comparison point I'd like to make is that whatever speeds the Koreans have, it is ubiquitous. In Australia, access varies suburb by suburb even in major cities. If nothing else, the billions spent on NBN should hopefully provide almost everyone with access to 'fast' internet.

      Hay Ed, I hope so to! However I would go as far as saying after the government has decided to spend our money (tax payers) we should end up with nothing short of a top notch network... I expect nothing less for the price we are paying (to build) and paying (to connect) and paying (monthly access fees) and paying (for speed and downloads) again.... Wooowww we have such a nice government good thing they work soooo hard for the cash they so easily spend.

    Quote: "The beauty of a fibre built network like the NBN and the Korean model (which should provide another whack on the hands to those wireless supporters who shall not be named), is that you can always upgrade the network in the future without touching the cables already in the ground."

    Um, really? Funny, our wireless data transmitter towers are being upgraded every month. The software and hardware is easier to replace/update then below ground systems and seeing that the transmitters themselves can broadcast at all spectrums means you can use a multitude of frequencies and update the bandwidth as spectrum becomes available. Given the recent earthquake situation in NZ, data towers can be brought online faster than below ground systems. You can retransmit from viable towers to ones who's underground cabling has be disabled. Underground systems would take months to return to service. This is why San Francisco is putting their resources behind an extensive wireless system. All the people in Christchurch who have been able to communicate with rescuers have done so with mobile phones as the landline system is in tatters. We'll be going over in coming weeks to help restore their mobile systems, but from all reports, they stood up very very well. That's why I back a wireless system every time.

      Great point Kroo...

      I agree it has to be a mixed solution... I agree with a fibre network’s but for now only in major city’s and not so far out. To me cities should get online first then followed by smaller communities, were will you get your best/fastest return and get the largest amount of people online and upgraded? Just seems logical to me.
      I use to live around 16KM out of Brisbane CBD and had to pay for a satellite (one way + dial up modem) connection but as I was not classified as rural was not entitled to any of the government subsidies... That’s just crazy but was the only available connection type, so yes even parts of Australias top cities can’t even get decent access so I believe they should get upgraded first.

    I am British, but have been living in South Korea for around 2.5 years now. Broadband in my home is 100 Mbps currently, and there are no limits on downloads, no slow downs, no contention ratios as far as I can tell.

    It's not perfect, because whilst connections to sites in Korea are lightning fast, connections to the US are only around 20 Mbps, and to Europe, as slow as 1 or 2 Mbps. I understand this is due to all the traffic to Europe having to take the long way round the globe.

    As for the need for 1 Gbps... I don't really see a legitimate one today. Even at 100 Mbps, the result has been that there are no DVD / Blu-ray rental stores at all in Korea now, and trying to find a place to buy music and video is very tough. Ultra fast broadband is great for users, but terrible for piracy.

    I noticed some comments regarding the regulative slow connections available in the US, and I think that size of these countries was not taken into perspective.

    The in-ability of the US to create infrastructure at the same pace as South Korea or Australia is highly related to the spatial scale on which those two countries are applying these nation-wide homogeneous internet backbones.

    South Korea is the size of Kentucky, which makes the laying of expensive fiber across the country in a few years economically realistic from a geographic view. Australia is comparable to the continental US in size, but majority of the population resides along the southern and eastern coasts - much of the rest of the country is desert inhabited with aboriginals. With their commitment to provide 1Gbps to 93% of the population, it can be inferred they are referencing the high population density of the SE coasts.

    In contrast, the US is the 3rd largest country in the world, with areas of high population density spread fairly even from the Atlantic coast through the interior lowlands - less so in our western desert and mountain regions, more so in the New England region. The vastness of our territory alone creates a infrastructure nightmare, and we will continuous lag behind these small countries as a result. Its not from the lack of technology or even (i suspect) the unwillingness of providers to adopt the technology.

    2020 >>> 10Gbps!!

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