Sony Launches World's Fastest Personal Internet in Japan

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Sony Launches World's Fastest Personal Internet in Japan

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So-net Entertainment's 'Nuro' fiber service for home use will support a whopping 2gbps downstream.

We all knew Japan has some pretty awesome internet speeds, but this is just getting ridiculous. So-net Entertainment, an ISP backed by Sony, announced its 'Nuro' fiber service for home use, which supports download speeds of up to 2gbps. As in two gigabits. To put that into perspective, the average internet speed in the US is around 3mbps, with the fastest available internet capping out at around 150mbps. This means that So-net's Nuro service is up to 13 times faster than the fastest internet in the US.

The service also boasts 1gbps uploads and will be available to homes, apartments, and small businesses in Tokyo and six surrounding prefectures. What should you expect to pay for this monster connection? $200 a month? More? Hardly. The service will be available for just 4,980 yen a month (around $51 USD). I used to pay that for my crappy, less-than-1mbps ADSL back when I lived in Australia...

The company said the service includes rental of an ONU (optical network unit) designed to handle the high speeds. ONU devices are commonly used in homes and business to convert fiber to broadband Internet. Individual users of the service are unlikely to actually see the 2gps speeds on their devices, as it exceeds the capacity of most consumer network adapters. You heard right, your PC's network adapter is the bottleneck.

The Japanese government has been a very strong supporter of fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) connections to private homes. About 25% of Japanese households are currently connected, the second-highest rate in the world, although the highest rate, the United Arab Emirates (at 70%) does seem to be cheating a little, as the entire country is basically just a city.

So-net said its service uses the GPON, or Gigabit-capable Passive Optics Networks, standard, which supports up to 2.488gbps downstream.

Source: Computer World

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Swedes are not impressed, I can tell you that for a fact.
I don't know how Westerners tolerate >50 Mbps connections.

Steven Bogos:
To put that into perspective, the average internet speed in the US is around 3mbps, with the fastest available internet capping out at around 29mbps. This means that So-net's Nuro service is up to 70 times faster than the fastest internet in the US.

Actually... nurp. Used to have the 50 down/25 up plan personally and damn did it feel good to basically be a leech station for any friends that needed to download anything.

Still incredibly jealous and drooling at those speeds though. ,D:

As envious I am about the concept of 2gbps download speed (although I can't for the life of me understand what the average user could use it for), I'm a little skeptical about the the US internet cap. Surely it's higher than 29mbps. Where I live, fiber optics have become, more or less, the norm with download speeds of up to 50-100mbps.

I mean, yeah, I've heard that there are places in the states that still use Dial-up, but I know that there are more developed areas that have fiber optics.

Edit:

LegendaryGamer0:
Actually... nurp.

Indeed. According to this place, they offer up to 300mbps download rate. So unless they're flat out lying about their services being capable of handling even 10% of what they're promising, you might need to update that news report.

T3hSource:
Swedes are not impressed, I can tell you that for a fact.
I don't know how Westerners tolerate >50 Mbps connections.

We don't. Those that do are perfectly ok with getting screwed over and those that aren't are fighting the monopoly.
Some are lucky to get 1mbps both ways for less than $60 in some areas. Know someone personally with satellite internet that pays out the ass just to get something barely fast enough for Monster Hunter. :/

Just some of you have access to higher speeds, doesn't mean the average isn't as low as 3mbps. AVERAGE, people. The average doesn't concern itself with individual numbers.

Mromson:
Just some of you have access to higher speeds, doesn't mean the average isn't as low as 3mbps. AVERAGE, people. The average doesn't concern itself with individual numbers.

Here. Let me bold the part that we're actually talking about.

Steven Bogos:
the average internet speed in the US is around 3mbps, with the fastest available internet capping out at around 29mbps.

captcha: "My dear Watson"

Mromson:
Just some of you have access to higher speeds, doesn't mean the average isn't as low as 3mbps. AVERAGE, people. The average doesn't concern itself with individual numbers.

Just some of you have access to lower speeds, doesn't mean the maximum isn't higher than the article claimed. MAXIMUM, person. The maximum doesn't concern itself with average numbers.

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although I can't for the life of me understand what the average user could use it for

Porn, obviously. All the porn.

LegendaryGamer0:

Steven Bogos:
To put that into perspective, the average internet speed in the US is around 3mbps, with the fastest available internet capping out at around 29mbps. This means that So-net's Nuro service is up to 70 times faster than the fastest internet in the US.

Actually... nurp. Used to have the 50 down/25 up plan personally and damn did it feel good to basically be a leech station for any friends that needed to download anything.

Still incredibly jealous and drooling at those speeds though. ,D:

Thanks for that. I'm not actually American so I was just searching around for fastest speeds in America, i'll update the article.

EDIT: It looks like the advertised 300mpbs plans are not actually available for purchase on the website (at least from what I can see), so i'm going to set it at 150

Kahani:

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although I can't for the life of me understand what the average user could use it for

Porn, obviously. All the porn.

Well, Japan's birth rate has been plummeting, so I'll take this a valid explanation.

But damn... how High Definition do you need the stuff to be?

god damn it, im lucky to push 1mb download speed and thats when using steam, usually download about 500kbps-800kbps =/

Oh god...only in Japan where every square meter has at least 2 people occupying it :S

Much admit I'm feeling rather jealous of the Japanese right now, even if I have no idea how anyone would ever need that sort of speed.

It took me a couple of minutes to download a 5 megabyte file :/

I like living in Australia. Most of the time.

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But damn... how High Definition do you need the stuff to be?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_high_definition_television HIGH!

which is around 50Mbps

T3hSource:
Swedes are not impressed, I can tell you that for a fact.
I don't know how Westerners tolerate >50 Mbps connections.

I can live with >50Mbps, living with <50 is hard :p

That's it, I'm moving to Japan.

I've a 10-14mbps at home.

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(although I can't for the life of me understand what the average user could use it for)

Steam. Having to patch some of the bigger games can take a stupid amount of time, let alone the larger games taking up a connection for days if you want something like Grand Theft Auto IV or for even the Company of Heroes 2 beta on a 1mbps connection in the middle of nowhere, which is everywhere but New York and bits of California.

Steven Bogos:

Thanks for that. I'm not actually American so I was just searching around for fastest speeds in America, i'll update the article.

EDIT: It looks like the advertised 300mpbs plans are not actually available for purchase on the website (at least from what I can see), so i'm going to set it at 150

Perfectly understandable. :D
Double when 30mbps is shoved in our faces to be "the nation's most powerful internet".

MEANWHILE, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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~300kb a second. That's actually pretty good for here (Scotland). What you can't see is that the connection drops 2-3 times a day. Always at the end of long downloads and during online games.

Seriously, every goddamn time

LegendaryGamer0:

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(although I can't for the life of me understand what the average user could use it for)

Steam. Having to patch some of the bigger games can take a stupid amount of time, let alone the larger games taking up a connection for days if you want something like Grand Theft Auto IV or for even the Company of Heroes 2 beta on a 1mbps connection in the middle of nowhere, which is everywhere but New York and bits of California.

You do realize that this was in the context of me talking about 2 GIGABITS per bloody second here. That's two thousand times faster then 1mbps.

I, myself, am running a 50 mbps connection and my Steam updates my game library plenty fast. I still don't see the point of an average user needing something that's 40 times faster.

Boris Goodenough:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultra_high_definition_television HIGH!

which is around 50Mbps

And yet... that's still not 2000Mbps. What, are you gonna run 40 movies simultaneously?

Probably need just a little more googling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Fiber

1GB in the US is our best and handily beats pretty much everyone but Japan of course. Granted we need to wait a while for it to cover the US but that is the plan as I understand it.

Congrats Japan :)

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You do realize that this was in the context of me talking about 2 GIGABITS per bloody second here. That's two thousand times faster then 1mbps.

I, myself, am running a 50 mbps connection and my Steam updates my game library plenty fast. I still don't see the point of an average user needing something that's 40 times faster.

How average are we talking here? I immediately think of torrents.

And yet... that's still not 2000Mbps. What, are you gonna run 40 movies simultaneously?

For a seemless experience, you'd pretty much need that kind of speed for either "changing channels", so to speak, or just a pure HD signal with proper bitrate, or even future standards, such as 1440p and 4k, or even 8k if you really want to push it.

razrdedg:
Probably need just a little more googling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Fiber

1GB in the US is our best and handily beats pretty much everyone but Japan of course. Granted we need to wait a while for it to cover the US but that is the plan as I understand it.

Congrats Japan :)

Does it technically count though, still being in a testing type stage and limited to such a specific area?

I can see that being usefull if you want to watch a live stream of a 4k resolution video although I believe a 50Mbps should be good enough for that.
That also reminds me, can the HDs of today even read/write at that speed? Maybe an SSD but I don't know the numbers so that could also be another potential bottleneck.

I'm pretty happy with my 20Mbps although some games can take a couple hours to download and ain't nobody got time for that nowadays!

Evil Smurf:
That's it, I'm moving to Japan.

I've a 10-14mbps at home.

I'd be happy with just one of those mbps...

Internet speed makes me depressed.

LegendaryGamer0:
How average are we talking here? I immediately think of torrents.

You're asking me to give you examples of how fast my internet is?

Using torrents is actually a pretty poor method of checking how fast your internet is. It's highly dependent on the availability of whatever it is that you're downloading and the upload rate of the peers that you're connected to. But if you must use that as a benchmark, then I guess the fastest I've ever clocked a torrent file was somewhere around 20-30 mbps. That's under optimal conditions.

Direct downloads, from a local server, usually nets me 40-50mbps while downloading something from a foreign server can range anywhere between 20-40mbps.

Speed is not everything, of course. You usually only get to experience your internet connection's fullest potential when connecting to servers that are relatively close by or you have very good access too. The further away the server that I want to connect to is, the more latency I have to deal with and the more servers I have to daisy chain through to connect to it. In such a situations, my internet speed is utterly dependent on the slowest server in the link. If I were to try to ping a server in Sidney, Australia, for example, I'd be lucky to get 10mbps.

Octorok:
MEANWHILE, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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~300kb a second. That's actually pretty good for here (Scotland). What you can't see is that the connection drops 2-3 times a day. Always at the end of long downloads and during online games.

Seriously, every goddamn time

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Same ISP, why is your connection so bad? I've had drops but they're a rarity. Few times a month maybe.

OT: too much bandwidth leaves me clueless on what I can do with it. A bit like if I had 50GBs of RAM.

Octorok:
MEANWHILE, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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~300kb a second. That's actually pretty good for here (Scotland). What you can't see is that the connection drops 2-3 times a day. Always at the end of long downloads and during online games.

Seriously, every goddamn time

Pretty much the same over here in Canada - I'm currently in the Capital finishing my 3rd year of study - though there is one day that still haunts my nightmares whenever I think of internet connection up here...

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*shivers* that was a bad, near-rage inducing day, that was...

mad825:

Octorok:
MEANWHILE, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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~300kb a second. That's actually pretty good for here (Scotland). What you can't see is that the connection drops 2-3 times a day. Always at the end of long downloads and during online games.

Seriously, every goddamn time

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Same ISP, why is your connection so bad? I've had drops but they're a rarity. Few times a month maybe.

OT: too much bandwidth leaves me clueless on what I can do with it. A bit like if I had 50GBs of RAM.

Because it's not the ISP which governs speeds a lot of the time, it's the local infrastructure.

My connection (UK, a random out of the way suburb north of Birmingham where the trains only run to it once an hour) is a solid 40mps/10mbps/9-12ms ping (to London or Birmingham) connection for example, because we have BT infinity around here. I'm fairly sure we could get a much faster connection too if we didn't have it bundled with sky (but since it's cheaper there's little reason not to).

However, just down the road, where someone is using a simple ADSL connection instead of fibre (which they could get if they wanted) has an abysmal connection, since the ADSL connection for their particular exchange is horrible.

mad825:

Octorok:
MEANWHILE, IN THE UNITED KINGDOM

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~300kb a second. That's actually pretty good for here (Scotland). What you can't see is that the connection drops 2-3 times a day. Always at the end of long downloads and during online games.

Seriously, every goddamn time

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Same ISP, why is your connection so bad? I've had drops but they're a rarity. Few times a month maybe.

OT: too much bandwidth leaves me clueless on what I can do with it. A bit like if I had 50GBs of RAM.

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Come to Milton Keynes I pay 30 a month for this :D also BT are ok

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LegendaryGamer0:
How average are we talking here? I immediately think of torrents.

You're asking me to give you examples of how fast my internet is?

Not quite, but since you offered, that'd be perfect. :D

Using torrents is actually a pretty poor method of checking how fast your internet is. It's highly dependent on the availability of whatever it is that you're downloading and the upload rate of the peers that you're connected to. But if you must use that as a benchmark, then I guess the fastest I've ever clocked a torrent file was somewhere around 20-30 mbps. That's under optimal conditions.

I generally meant something like being the initial seeder and torrents that are seeded to hell and back. And, personally, I've maxed out my old connection at it's best of a full 44mbps down, and when seeding, 32 up.

Direct downloads, from a local server, usually nets me 40-50mbps while downloading something from a foreign server can range anywhere between 20-40mbps.

Sounds about right from most servers, barring the "PAY HERE TO DOWNLOAD THIS FAST INSTEAD OF SLOW AS A DEAD SNAIL!!!" type download services.

Speed is not everything, of course. You usually only get to experience your internet connection's fullest potential when connecting to servers that are relatively close by or you have very good access too. The further away the server that I want to connect to is, the more latency I have to deal with and the more servers I have to daisy chain through to connect to it. In such a situations, my internet speed is utterly dependent on the slowest server in the link. If I were to try to ping a server in Sidney, Australia, for example, I'd be lucky to get 10mbps.

Can't really argue with that.

So now we're even further behind here in the states? Awesome.

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I am envious. Rarely if ever do I actually get down speeds close to what I speedtest.
Talking to my uncle who lives in the states, he was getting so frustrated with the internet when he came to visit.

Then again, I have family in East Anglian villages, they can't get more than 2Mb/s down on a good day. And there's no ISP that offers them unlimited data.

*Meanwhile in Australia*

... Japan.
Please help us!
PLZZZZZZZZ

But in all seriousness it would of been nice to got aid from Japan to make our internet awesome.
Because well ... ours suck.
Like really, really, REEEEEEEEEALLY sucks.

So yeah Australia ... it would be nice if you got on the ball. :/

Though I do understand if we can't, we do have a lot of stuff going on.

T3hSource:
Swedes are not impressed, I can tell you that for a fact.
I don't know how Westerners tolerate >50 Mbps connections.

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Because we've never had anything better. I've smashed my own computer twice (literally) raging over shitty connections. Fios won't even come to my town.

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Kahani:

Product Placement:
although I can't for the life of me understand what the average user could use it for

Porn, obviously. All the porn.

Well, Japan's birth rate has been plummeting, so I'll take this a valid explanation.

But damn... how High Definition do you need the stuff to be?

[Insert Asian penis joke here]
that's what she said

T3hSource:
Swedes are not impressed, I can tell you that for a fact.
I don't know how Westerners tolerate >50 Mbps connections.

Cuz we don't have a choice... [quietly sobs]

Seriously though, Microsoft thinks Always-online is a good idea with internet connections like ours :P

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