Sony Launches World's Fastest Personal Internet in Japan

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CalPal:

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...

You think that's bad? I had about 0.31mbps on the day Max Payne 3 came out, and I had pre-ordered it on Steam. It took a fucking WEEK of constant power to download 30GBs.

OT: I don't get why internet has such a small focus in the big first world countries (UK, most of Europe, US). If ISPs weren't money-grabbing fuckers and actually worked on making internet like this instead of putting caps and "20mpbs, HYPER FAST SPEEDS!". I can't wait for the day that joining a new server on TF2 is not like Russian roulette with 5 bullets at once for my internet.

Sizzle Montyjing:
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I have BT broadband, how the hell do you get that sort of speed? I get 5Mb/s at most. What's most annoying is that all the fibre-optic services offered in my town are everywhere, except the tiny section of road I live in because I live on top of a hill. Utter bullshit, I say!

Owyn_Merrilin:

I can guarantee that somewhere in this world there is someone complaining about how the cable companies still exist, instead of giving everyone alacarte video portals over the internet. The reason for it is the internet doesn't currently have enough bandwidth to do that.

That would be me!
I refuse to pay for cable companies. I bug the people that pays. I complain about it everytime I watch TV ("what do you mean when you say that you provide a service to remind me when my favorite show is about to start? I shouldn't be planning my apppointments around YOUR schedule! YOU should be brodcasting what I want, when I want!").
I scream to the four winds all my hatred to people being submitted to pay for channels they DON'T want to get the few they do want.
I complain about that almost every second of my waking hours. (and probably during sleep too)
Yeah, my family probably hates me right now!

But I don't think that I agree that this is a connection problem. This is a market problem.
In my country (Brazil) most people that can afford cable TV can also afford reasonable internet (I am talking about the big capitals, of course... Brazil is a big country and things are complicated by the countryside)...
So, even if the market is still small for internet-based television, there is a viable market.
Netflix is there to prove it!
But, as often, the problem is the market clinging to old business models until the last possible moment.

OT: I can't really understand what takes so long for the internet infrastructure to advance with the available technology. When I hear that there are places on the Unites States with dial up I get the sensation that THE FUTURE IS LATE! When I started using the internet, in the late 90s I thought that by 2010 we would be streaming EVERYTHING from the web, that hard drives would be a thing from the past, broadcast times on TV would be dead, and so on ...
In this day and age, places without broadband should be as unacceptable as places without electricity.
I am starting to sound like Adam Orth, but don't misunderstand me. Unlike him, I know that we are not living in that world yet. What I am saying is that it is the unavoidable future, and that I am a little surprised we're not there yet!

Another Swede posting :P
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Well, that should help PSN. I know I didn't download Vanquish because of the 12 gig size. Pretty cool. Even if I barely get 15 MBPS.

NameIsRobertPaulson:

DVS BSTrD:

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.

Product Placement:

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

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You got me beat. Then again, Comcast has a monopoly over in the Northwest, so not like we have options.

It wouldn't matter which of the ISP's was in the area, you'd still got fucked over by them.

They don't compete with each other in the US, pretty much at all. The only "competition" you ever actually see is when you have option A, which only kinda sucks, and option b which is so incredibly inferior that there's no real reason to take option B.

They don't fight over gettin the lowest prices because they've all realized that they can just stay out of each others way and raise prices as high as they want and people will pay for it. People pay for it because of how connected everyone is to everythin at this point. Its bullshit and its why we absolutely need Google to get the fuck out of wherever they are and get some actual competition on the market.

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I'm relieved knowing that my crappy connection isn't the worst there is.

Big_Boss_Mantis:

Owyn_Merrilin:

I can guarantee that somewhere in this world there is someone complaining about how the cable companies still exist, instead of giving everyone alacarte video portals over the internet. The reason for it is the internet doesn't currently have enough bandwidth to do that.

That would be me!
I refuse to pay for cable companies. I bug the people that pays. I complain about it everytime I watch TV ("what do you mean when you say that you provide a service to remind me when my favorite show is about to start? I shouldn't be planning my apppointments around YOUR schedule! YOU should be brodcasting what I want, when I want!").
I scream to the four winds all my hatred to people being submitted to pay for channels they DON'T want to get the few they do want.
I complain about that almost every second of my waking hours. (and probably during sleep too)
Yeah, my family probably hates me right now!

But I don't think that I agree that this is a connection problem. This is a market problem.
In my country (Brazil) most people that can afford cable TV can also afford reasonable internet (I am talking about the big capitals, of course... Brazil is a big country and things are complicated by the countryside)...
So, even if the market is still small for internet-based television, there is a viable market.
Netflix is there to prove it!
But, as often, the problem is the market clinging to old business models until the last possible moment.

OT: I can't really understand what takes so long for the internet infrastructure to advance with the available technology. When I hear that there are places on the Unites States with dial up I get the sensation that THE FUTURE IS LATE! When I started using the internet, in the late 90s I thought that by 2010 we would be streaming EVERYTHING from the web, that hard drives would be a thing from the past, broadcast times on TV would be dead, and so on ...
In this day and age, places without broadband should be as unacceptable as places without electricity.
I am starting to sound like Adam Orth, but don't misunderstand me. Unlike him, I know that we are not living in that world yet. What I am saying is that it is the unavoidable future, and that I am a little surprised we're not there yet!

The problem comes in when all things are being streamed or downloaded, with no physical media or alternative distribution (cable, satellite, terrestrial) methods. The internet as a whole just doesn't have enough bandwidth to do everything on its own just yet. Things like Netflix work now because A.) they're heavily compressed[1], and B.) there are other ways to get that content, and not everybody uses or has Netflix. If suddenly the only method of getting videos, videogames, music, books, you name it became the internet, the whole thing would crash and burn. It would probably do it on movies alone, truth be told. That's one of the biggest reasons the rumors about an online only Xbox are crazy -- the internet couldn't handle that right now. Maybe in 10 or 20 years, if stuff like the network in this article keeps getting made, but not at the moment.

[1] people have done comparisons between "HD" Netflix, an upconverted DVD, and a blu-ray, and I pretty much just listed the quality levels from worst to best.

Well, to New York I get quite a bad speed, 30Mbps download and 5Mbps upload, and to Tokyo even worse, but I do have 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload local and NY/Tokyo are an ocean away. This is why I love Romania. I don't get 10MB/s in BitTorrent for nothing. :D Oh yea, all of that for 3USD per month, but I am one of their customers since they were a new neighborhood ISP and that was in 2007. They span half the capital now and it still has ups and downs, but quite reliable nonetheless, not to mention Customer Support. EA should learn something from them. :))

Edit: I chose a server outside my town. Quite obvious that I would get the highest speeds in the same town. And NY Optium.

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Edit 2: NY Inerail, the highest speed I could find in NY.
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6.27 ms download speed.

Pathetic college dorm internet is pathetic.

zzkill:
Well, to New York I get quite a bad speed, 30Mbps download and 5Mbps upload, and to Tokyo even worse, but I do have 100Mbps download and 50Mbps upload local and NY/Tokyo are an ocean away. This is why I love Romania. I don't get 10MB/s in BitTorrent for nothing. :D Oh yea, all of that for 3USD per month, but I am one of their customers since they were a new neighborhood ISP and that was in 2007. They span half the capital now and it still has ups and downs, but quite reliable nonetheless, not to mention Customer Support. EA should learn something from them. :))

Edit: I chose a server outside my town. Quite obvious that I would get the highest speeds in the same town. And NY Optium.

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Edit 2: NY Inerail, the highest speed I could find in NY.
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JadeWah:
Another Swede posting :P
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200/10 for 29euro a month. (Sweden)

You guys are complaining about speeds 10mb/s or lower.

In Australia, the maximum fastest speed that i've ever had was not even 500kb/s.

It's usually 200kb/s.

Patience is a virtue, friends.

StormShaun:
*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.

Sydney Australia here, 100mb/s and smooth as silk, although 2gb/s does sound nice *scratches chin*

Esoomspark:
You guys are complaining about speeds 10mb/s or lower.

In Australia, the maximum fastest speed that i've ever had was not even 500kb/s.

It's usually 200kb/s.

Patience is a virtue, friends.

Where the hell do you live, cook island or something?

I usually can push to 4 MB/sec while downloading on Steam, but my God. Give me that internet speed and unlimited downloads and I will be happy for the rest of my entire life <3

yay for being in japan getting the wife to find out if they service our area. also only $300 au setup fee too ( including other things). so pretty good deal all round! i still have to find out about a dl limit though ( eg if there is one)

And yet all the servers are still in the USA meaning all that infrastructure is pointless until they move the servers to Japan to actually bring out that full potential of that connection. Australia and South Korea also have very powerful infrastructure but because the majority of servers they connect to for example file sharing and video games is in the USA they still will have a shit connection.

Tenmar:
And yet all the servers are still in the USA meaning all that infrastructure is pointless until they move the servers to Japan to actually bring out that full potential of that connection. Australia and South Korea also have very powerful infrastructure but because the majority of servers they connect to for example file sharing and video games is in the USA they still will have a shit connection.

on the contrary. connections like these will be great. personally we have 6 different bandwidth hogs in my house, ps3 2xsmartphones, laptop, ipad mini and pc.

atm we only really use 3 concurrently but with more people on using the same network we all get better speeds each.

and theres a lot of non-us servers around too, too assume they are all over there ? jeez get out of the house a little more eh?

Marak Daga:

Tenmar:
And yet all the servers are still in the USA meaning all that infrastructure is pointless until they move the servers to Japan to actually bring out that full potential of that connection. Australia and South Korea also have very powerful infrastructure but because the majority of servers they connect to for example file sharing and video games is in the USA they still will have a shit connection.

on the contrary. connections like these will be great. personally we have 6 different bandwidth hogs in my house, ps3 2xsmartphones, laptop, ipad mini and pc.

atm we only really use 3 concurrently but with more people on using the same network we all get better speeds each.

and theres a lot of non-us servers around too, too assume they are all over there ? jeez get out of the house a little more eh?

What was that? I'm sorry I can't read what you typed compared to the amount of porn I'm able to DL faster than you with a basic cable connection :P

But seriously, yes obviously there are servers of all types in all regions. However it still is very annoying when ya say pick up a game of LOL or DOTA or even back in the day with Warcraft III and Starcraft and ya still get that ONE guy from god knows where from Russia and decides, "Ya know what? I'm gonna play on the US servers". Yeah freaking genius there turns what should be an overall easy experience into a lagfest cause everyone is waiting on that one guy's connection. Ya get me on that?

*remembers downloading Bioshock Infinite the past weekend.

256 kb/s at the most... it took me an entire day to download that game.

*shakes fist at University for lack-luster internet service in the dorms.

Tenmar:

Marak Daga:

Tenmar:
And yet all the servers are still in the USA meaning all that infrastructure is pointless until they move the servers to Japan to actually bring out that full potential of that connection. Australia and South Korea also have very powerful infrastructure but because the majority of servers they connect to for example file sharing and video games is in the USA they still will have a shit connection.

on the contrary. connections like these will be great. personally we have 6 different bandwidth hogs in my house, ps3 2xsmartphones, laptop, ipad mini and pc.

atm we only really use 3 concurrently but with more people on using the same network we all get better speeds each.

and theres a lot of non-us servers around too, too assume they are all over there ? jeez get out of the house a little more eh?

What was that? I'm sorry I can't read what you typed compared to the amount of porn I'm able to DL faster than you with a basic cable connection :P

But seriously, yes obviously there are servers of all types in all regions. However it still is very annoying when ya say pick up a game of LOL or DOTA or even back in the day with Warcraft III and Starcraft and ya still get that ONE guy from god knows where from Russia and decides, "Ya know what? I'm gonna play on the US servers". Yeah freaking genius there turns what should be an overall easy experience into a lagfest cause everyone is waiting on that one guy's connection. Ya get me on that?

lol i hear you on the games that use us servers.... but i generally dont use them. for gaming my pings pretty good to europe so no stress playing fps with them, (dayz no worries).

and you need more than 5 min of porn? ya doing it wrong!

I have 1.5 Mb/s. How unfortunate.

StormShaun:
*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.

What do you thing the NBN co. is doing? AFAIK they are aiming to install FTTH almost everywhere with high-speed fixed wireless handling the rest.... I can't see any indication of when construction will start in my area though... I hope they roll out fiber here!

BTW: This is supposed to be ADSL 2+... May as well go down a couple of tiers to ADSL1 so I can pay less for the same speed!
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2gbps downstream, but how much upstream? without upstream downstream is completely useless.

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.

if your average is that low, there is something extremely wrong with your country and you should be very worried. some 3rd world countries have it better.

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 :)

Here in lithuania we had 1gbps for couple yesrs. very limited location so far, most places are still limited by 100-300mbps (deneding on ISP).

"In later news this week. It appears that a mass Exodus to Japan has begun worldwide. Many critics are now citing 'Higher internet speeds' as one of the many reasons. More news on this story as it develops, but in the mean-time I gotta go catch the earliest flight to Tokyo".

seriously? I have this:
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Come on Sony! Give me us some loving!
(seriously, it took me like two minutes to open the escapist site)

This reeks of a prelude to an always-on requirement/streaming-only feature for an upcoming Playstation console...

My internet speeds are just pathetic most of the time.
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Ok... and does it say anywhere just how much it costs to achieve those kinds of internet speeds? It would be ludicrously expensive I'll bet.

As for my internet speeds, I live in the U.S. and use comcast, and I get this:

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Which is more than enough to load pages in less that 2 seconds and download most anything in only a few minutes. I agree with Product Placement when he says that 2GB is such a unnecessary massively high connection speed, it's way more than just about anybody would realistically need for just about anything.

I'm currently on 100Mbits down and ~5ish up, though annoyingly my router caps out around 60ish and I haven't gotten around to upgrading it yet. But wow, for 2Gbits...and with only 1Gbit network cards easily available too...

Of course it is fast. You can only access sony approved sites. You are forced to keep all of your software up to date and as soon as a new software update is released you do not just update, you have to get an entirely new connection because there is no possibility for backwards compatibility. Now for only the introductory period you will be informed you can use this on any operating system, but after the first year updates will require you to give up using windows, mac, android, linux for an all new, untested hybrid of Sonys personal OS built on a Solaris framework. Your stored cookies will also be hijacked so that if you refuse to switch Operating systems, the SoNet will forcibly keep you logged into all of your accounts across the internet so that you have to comply with SoNet ToS even if you have abandoned it and returned to an actual ISP.

Sony, No. I dont care if it is 100gbps, Until you grasp how to provide "Service" to customers you will never be worthy of the slightest hint of trust or interest.

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My family pays around a hundred bucks for this. Still better than Verizon though. Also: 'Faster Than 76% of US' What. The. Fuck.

I don't even know what I'd do with 100 gbps. I mean, sure, instant page loading would be awesome, especially with the over bloated front pages a lot of websites have been moving towards. But other than that, I can't imagine needing to download something large fast enough that 100 gbps would be a huge boon.

Speaking of a country being gungho about updating their infrastructure: The U.S. really needs to get it's ass in gear and fix it's old as fuck infrastructure. They've been putting off a large-scale upgrade for decades now. There are 60+ year old wires still in use across much of the U.S. Slow internet is the least of our problems. It's like nobody understands that they have more to gain by replacing this shit instead of having to run maintenance on it every couple of months.

DVS BSTrD:

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.

Product Placement:

Kahani:

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

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Dude, we have the same internet provider yet you're upload speed kicks mine's ass. God damn it how?! XD

I'm happy with my speed, not happy with 150GB cap -_-

2gb fiber.. *drool*

Also, in canada, rogers.

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