What Can You Do With 1 Gigabit?

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Google (s GOOG) earlier today announced that it would be launching an experimental fiber-to-the-home network that would offer speeds of as much as 1 gigabit per second. The question is, what can you do with this much speed?

Our philosophy has long been that broadband is a platform of innovation and thus there will emerge new applications from the proliferation of fat pipes — whether they are wired or wireless.

Stacey had offered up five bandwidth-hungry applications that included high-definition telepresence, telemedicine, video instant messaging and video presence, HD television and real time data back-ups. Internet-based storage services and in-cloud personal video recorders are other options for fat pipe usage. Of course, with that much speed even our desktops can be offered on desktop.

So the question to you gentle readers: If you had 1 gbps to your home, what would you do with it?

34 Comments

Eoin Bairéad

With a Gigabit link to a Gigabit LAN in the office I could really work from home. It is still the case that too many remote applications pass too much data to the client – I’m thinking of procedures such as monitoring eMails – and even with Citrix there are still too many applications that take too much bandwidth.

Eoin

Optika

Quite funny to read comments that such broadband is impossible or not needed. I am currently using 0.5Gbps connection at home
It’s already being used up to 80% of bandwith mostly on p2p traffic and remote HD TV watching. I’ve set it up so I can watch my HD TV feed from anywhere I have access to broadband of 10-15Mbps like at work etc :)
And I don’t live in Asia btw but in Europe :)

Sam

With that kind of speed HD Video such as bluray would be easy to download . My 3MB Down still takes hours to download a bluray movie. Can’t imagine downloading that in minutes

El Marko

I would work at home, more often. But, more than that, I would go to the closest office park – and lots of ’em have lots of empty space, these days, looking for tenants – and set up a small office and conference room space and services that could be rented out on either a short-term or long-term basis.

In other words, I would find serious uses – not just for entertainment purposes – to use high-speed internet near where I live: A semi-rural region of Western Washington.

I’d stay off the already over-crowded highways, prove to my local government that internet access is not just about entertainment (and therefore not a monopoly franchise with Comcast that needs to be renewed, year after year), and finally bring the promise of broadband to a location outside of the urban core.

Thomas

Get real. All technology innovation over the last 15 years, at least, has been driven by two things:

Porn.
Pizza delivery.

Anything else is derivative.

Gena

It really would be holodeck reality time. I could truly be in two places at one time. 360 Degree HD cameras for all. Create any space you want!

Richard Bennett

Foreigners with gigabit connections in Sweden, Japan, and Korea mainly use them to play games and download American TV shows. I know I’m excited.

Leigh Anne Varney

watch Lost again & again, videochat with my college student, make resers at a hot restaurant or B&B, book my holiday adventure for the summer, book resers for the pets, email clients, chat with European friends, download a movie for the evening by the fire ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

Michael Turk

What would I do with it? Not much more than I do now. Since most of the sites/services you connect to have no ability to actually deliver content to you at 1gbps, I would sit around waiting for the rest of the country to catch up.

That 1gbps wouldn’t be end-to-end, and there are a lot of bottlenecks in between you and the content you’re after.

MS

I hope Netflix can stream down to clients at that speed. That would enable blu-ray quality streaming which would be awesome.

One way or another, higher upload and download speeds will help torrent exchanges of videos. A user is more likely to start a torrent download because she would expect to see it complete in 10 minutes as opposed to hours.

Jean-Marc Liotier

Here are my pet ideas :
– High fidelity multichannel telepresence with 1080p video and spatial audio.
– Thin clients using a remote desktop in the cloud.
– Centralized mass storage.

surindra

How much speed wired or wireless router will able to handle? With the rapid spread of smart phones and tablets, will we benefit from this high speed

Matt Gattis

With 1gbps I would beam 950mbps to the park by my apartment with wifi and charge enough to get myself that 50mbps for free. 50mbps is all you need for 1080p video. I’m sure we’ll find an excuse to use 1gbps in a few years though.

Any word on what the upstream would be?

Kawika Holbrook

I’d like to see schools get the bandwidth. After video conferences, distance learning courses, thin-client iPad-like learning tables, etc., they could lease out extra bandwidth to their surrounding communities like a bake sale on steroids.

Kawika Holbrook

Oops. Meant to type “learning tablets” not “learning tables.” Kids, teachers, and administrators probably will want Apple iPads more than Microsoft Surfaces. ;-)

Alan Schietzsch

The real breakthrough isn’t applications, it’s the (unintentional but inevitable) creation of wide-area computers. I’ll call ’em WACs.

Imagine that network speed approaches bus speed. Where does “your” computer end and “the cloud” begin? If distance is no longer a bottleneck, we’ve created effectively one big cluster computer, al la SETIatHome, but for everything.

The desktop on your desktop is everyone’s desktop. WACky, eh?

dougan milne

exactly. Figure that current sata/pci speeds are suddenly on the same keel as your datapipe… and you start wondering why you have all these bulky machines laying around.

Also begins to significantly change the landscape of hardware demands: hardrives (the kind that spin?), GPU’s, CPU’s, and all those magical receivers.

Apps: Video & Audio editing. Game Rendering. Mathematics/Modeling/Design. Speed Dating.

KirkH

Latency is the problem here, not bandwidth. If 1GB/s to the moon was possible it’ll make for near useless video conferencing.

As for TV – I steam 1008p HD through my home LAN and it has yet to break 13Mb/s. My downstream bandwidth is already 24Mb/s. IPTV is bottle-necked by lawyers, not broadband.

Upstream is interesting. HD video conferencing needs upstream bandwidth which is something currently in short supply.

Santosh Kumar

I would look to buy a true thin-client machine, in which CPUs have given way to GPUs and with all the data and execution state being run from the cloud somewhere. I’m not sure how this would look, without the limitations imposed by the traditional cpu, hard-drive model — probably closer to an IPad?

Brett Glass

1 Gbps to the home? With wholesale bandwidth costs in our rural area at $100 per Mbps per month? Let’s see: that’ll be $100K per month, please.

I cannot believe that the trade press is so easily suckered in to acting as a PR machine for Google whenever it publicizes a financially impossible proposal.

Nithin

Yeah, ability to watch HD content is just but one of the uses, IPTV would be the most obvious use, coupled with streaming.

Loic

Currently for me, I would be happy with 100Mbps. I could watch HD TV (like I used to do in Europe, with ISP called “Free”, that provides over 100 TV channels over ADSL2+, including some HD channels), hook up a HD video camera and video conf with several at once, video conf with my health care provider, etc.

But what become important are the “latency” and “reliability”.

Low latency (<200ms) becomes a requirement with all the new services (notifications, streaming, IM/wave, “cloud OS”, etc.)

Reliability becomes key with new “cloud OS” (like ChromeOS). You need connectivity without glitches.

So I wont mind 1Gbps, but only if low latency and reliability come with it.

bora

One of my wilder ideas is install a giant screen and stream live ultra HD video of a real aquarium with all the tropical wish, sharks and stuff.. Having the aquarium experience in your living room or bedroom and being able to watch amazing stuff when you wake up in the morning.

Possibilities are mouth watering.

Olivier

On demand IP-TV. That may be the natural evolution “a-la hulu”.
Apple and Google are capturing the music, video and book market. TV market may be the next step.
Phone / Video calls is also a good one.
Some of the above is offered by some Internet providers outside the US. Look at http://www.free.fr. This company offers higher bandwidth than in the US, provide TV broadcast over IP, free phone calls including international calls, VOIP connectivity…

Jarrett

Not just Porn, ALL OF THE PORN!!!!

*laughs evilly and starts typing*

Tom Pinckney

I think we’d finally see video conferencing that looked good enough to get regular people to use it. By way of comparison, blu-ray video is about 40mbs.

Ankit

Download Download Download! ;)

And a also upload!

‘ok was kiddin….. ;)

One point you missed above is 3D Live Conferencing! Yes it will be possible if 1GBPS really comes to existence!

But it would take atleast 20 more years to be here in India after US gets it.

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