South Korean ISP Set To Announce 10Gbps Broadband
SK Broadband, one of the South Korea’s largest broadband service providers, is going to introduce its new 10Gbps Internet service on October 20 at the Plenipotentiary Conference of the International Telecommunications Union to be held at the Busan BEXCO Center.
The current average broadband speed in South Korea is 100Mbps, which lets users download a 1Gb file in around 80 seconds. So the new fiber service will be 100 times faster than nation’s average broadband connection, and would be able to transfer 1GB of data in just 0.8 seconds!
The truth is Asian countries like South Korea and Japan are making constant advancements in the broadband technology, which has led them to become the global leaders in this technology arena. They take pride of the fact that they are way ahead of the United States in terms of Internet speeds.
Natsuki Kumagai told Stop the Cap that the world watched NASA send their men to the moon in the 1960s and they were all amazed at how fast Americans were progressing. “Now the Americans watch us,” he said.
Pyon Seo-Ju also highlighted the “terribly slow and expensive” Internet access in the U.S. and blamed American politicians for sacrificing their technology leadership to safeguard conglomerates. “Although unfortunate for America, this has given Korea a chance to promote our own industry and enhance the success of companies like Samsung that are well-known in the United States today,” Seo-Ju said.
Google Fiber currently offer 1Gbps rate in select cities around the U.S. The search engine giant is, however, working on improving its Fiber speed by ten-fold. Earlier this year, Google CFO Patrick Pichette shared the company’s plans to achieve data transfer rates of 10 gigabits per second. But that would only be interesting if the company first strengthens its footprints in the U.S. and expands its services nationwide.
Back to SK Broadband, the company will set up a booth at the conference to give attendees a glimpse at how the 10Gbps connection compares to slower speeds. There is no word yet on when it will hit homes and offices; nonetheless, the announcement is impressive enough to excite Korean citizens.
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