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Google yesterday announced Google Fiber, an experimental network that would connect between homes to the Internet at speeds reaching 1 Gbps. Here is a list of places around the world where you can get 1 Gbps connections to your home.

Updated: Google yesterday announced Google Fiber, an experimental network that would connect between 50,000 and 500,000 people, or as many as 200,000 homes, to the Internet at speeds reaching 1 gigabits per second — a truly jaw-dropping and envy-inspiring rate. Being big fans of broadband, we’ve been following the race to 1 Gbps and have come up with a list of places around the world where you can get 1 Gbps connections to your home.

* Hong Kong: The Hong Kong broadband network currently offers a FTTH/FTTB 1 Gbps service for $215 a month and is available to nearly 800,000 households.

* South Korea: The Korean government has a plan to spend $25 billion that over the next five years to bring fiber-based 1 Gbps connections to each home in South Korea.

* Cologne, Germany: Netcologne, a German city carrier, is looking to launch a service that will allow consumers to buy 1 Gbps connections in the city of Cologne sometime this year. Nearly 70,000 homes in Cologne currently buy broadband from the service provider.

* Canberra, Australia: TransACT, an Australian service provider, is trailing a network with speeds of up to 1 Gbps for residential customers.

* Portugal: Portugese cable operator Zon Multimedia has announced the availability of a 1 Gbps service for home users. It costs about 250 euros ($342) a month. (via)

* Amsterdam: GlasvezelNet Amsterdam (GNA), BBNed and InterNLnet have conducted a pilot of 1Gbps symmetric fibre-optic connections. The trial was carried out in the Amsterdam districts of Osdorp, Zeeburg and Oost/Watergraafsmeer. This Open FTTH effort has been rolled out in Amsterdam and is available to about 100,000 households. Reggefiber, another Dutch carrier is going to upgrade all its networks to 1 Gbps in 2010. Reggefiber is active in > 40 cities, half a million homes passed with 320,000 homes connected, thus making it one of the largest 1 Gbps deployments anywhere.

* In the US, Rural Telephone of Lenora, KS is s currently serving approx 8,000 homes with 1Gbps to the home.  Pineland Telephone of Metter, GA is in the process of replacing all of their old copper wire with fiber and currently have 4,000 homes connected to 1Gbps service. Lastly, 3 Rivers Telephone, Fairfield MT has 3,000 homes receiving 1Gbps. These three networks use gear from Occam Networks, a company I have often written about.

* In Japan, both NTT and KDDI are offering 1 Gbps services to residential buildings.

* Thanks to our great readers, we have learned that Sweden has a 1 Gbps network which has been in place since 2007. There are several other such offerings in Scandinavia. Singapore is also building a 1 Gbps network that will be ready by 2012.

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  1. I want 1Gbps here in the US! Or at least, at my home. Maybe we should urge Congress to pass a new law:

    For every $1 spent, year after year after year, on roads, the Fed spends 25cents on high-speed broadband to the home (or free mobile broadband, dare we dream?).
    -Brian

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  2. And from what I have heard, it’s coming to Singapore soon.

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  3. What I see from the examples noted here is early-adopter pricing that doesn’t make me look unkindly on the 100 Mbps down/10 Mbps up plan offered by one of the providers here in Singapore (for ~US$88/month). I notice that the Google announcement doesn’t make any mention of uplink speeds. For collaborative or cooperative applications, or even for telework/videoconferencing, uplink speeds limited to 10% or so of downlink speeds really aren’t going to cut it — uplink is rapidly becoming the true limit to what we can accomplish online. If the Internet is about disintermediation, about the democratization of ideas and of communication, then that mission fails with a high degree of correlation to the mean asymmetricity of each user’s connection. Addressing THAT should be part of any national broadband plan.

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  4. Singapore is also building a 1Gbps fiber network. It will be fully operational by 2012.

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    1. Steven do you have more details? Thanks

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      1. Fiber to every premise in Singapore. Driven and funded by the Singapore Govt. They went through two RFP processes. One for fibre builder (won by a Singtel consortium) and one for a neutral wholesale operator (won by a sub of Starhub). Any retail service provider can set up equipment in PoP’s and access wholesale fiber based Ethernet access pipes over the network to end customers. End customers only deal with retail service providers.

        Very similar to the model in Alberta, Canada. Though that one was more of a mid-mile solution. The intent is to stimulate retail competition over one low cost access network. Single capital base with competition at the retail and end service level.

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      2. Actually, the comment about Singapore is not entirely correct. It’s been available since August 2009 or so. They are rolling out in a phased manner and expect to have 95% of the island wired up by mid 2012. See http://www.opennet.com.sg/network-rollout/

        According to their website, my postal code is due for installation between March and May. Given the fact that I saw them run most of the fibre around my neighbourhood several months ago, I have every reason to believe that they will be able to hit those dates.

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  5. If I understand correctly, Australia ISPs have low bandwidth caps. And they blame this on the limited capacity to/from Australia.

    Taking this one step further, 1GB to the home isn’t meaningful if (1) there are stiff limits on the bandwidth, (2) the connections beyond the ISP are slow, and (3) the uplink speed is much slower. In other words, 1GB is a gimmick unless you can get great speed to servers beyond the reach of the ISP.

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  6. Here in Laramie, Wyoming, you can get 1 Gbps to the home. Just expect to pay somewhere near $100,000 per month, because that’s how much the bandwidth would cost.

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  7. We have 1 Gbps internet in Sweden (since 2007) as well. For about 200$ a month.

    Link (in Swedish):
    http://www.mynewsdesk.com/se/view/pressrelease/adamo-lanserar-sveriges-snabbaste-bredband-1gbits-168368

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  8. I like the obviously pirated (they’re in the Netherlands..) NBC Olympic coverage haha

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  9. Ouch, those prices are so high. In Latvia we have 100-500Mbit FTTH for 20-80$ a month. No limitations whatsoever.

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  10. Actually 1gps internet is usefull, even with limited after isp bandwith.

    A) you get high bandwith to local services run by other customers of the isp.
    B) If you have friends who have the same isp, there is high bandwith/low latency between your friends and you.
    C) You get lower latency to long distance by avoiding the latency caused by adsl.
    D) You could get high burst rate to distant location.
    E) If your isp has some akamai servers there, you get very high bandwith to many sites with akamai support.
    F) Mirrors of open source repositories runnning on servers inside the isp.

    From my point of view C and D makes normal web surfing more pleasurable especially C. Normal web surfing doesn’t really eat bandwith, but can use lower latency. And D also delivers lower latency. F is also something I use all the time. Also I use university computers remotely from home.

    The big difference isn’t between 100mps & 1Gps its between ADSL and ethernet. I use 100mps and it feels so fast, that there is no practical reasons to upgrade from it, but for any new roll out I’d rather go 1Gps or more. The last mile is something you don’t want to upgrade all the time, so it would either be 1Gps or 10Gps. With latter limited to running in lower speeds, but cabling should be capable of it.
    Upgrading the last mile the most expensive thing is work required to do it not equipment.

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    1. Amen to that. My pet peeve is that almost none of the countless articles you read about internet service “speed” say anything about latency. For your average web site or other online service, the incremental difference between X and Y Mbps is less important than the latency of your connection. Especially if you’re an online gamer :)

      It’s the latency, stupid.

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