by Michael Maniscalco in Blog. No Comments
Gigabit internet is the next generation of broadband internet service which is typically delivered over fiber optic lines and provides speeds of 1,000Mbps, which is also referred to as “1 Gbps” or “Gigabit” internet. To be clear, this is the speed of the WAN connection provided from the ISP to your customer’s house, not just the Gigabit Ethernet run over the Cat5e or Cat6 within the home. What this means to your customers is that they’ll have an internet connection that is 100 times faster than today’s average broadband service!
How fast is gigabit internet?
100x faster than today’s average broadband connectionDownload 100 photos in 3 secondsDownload 100 songs in 3 secondsDownload an HD Movie in 7 seconds
What is the current landscape of gigabit internet service?
Currently approximately 20 cities in US have gigabit internet serviceGoogle currently services Kansas City, Austin & ProvoGoogle has selected additional 34 cities in the US to consider for it’s Gigabit networkGigabit internet expected to hit 50 states by 2015
As you can see, gigabit internet is here and will potentially be in your market very soon! What does this mean to you and your systems? With this increase in speed, your customers will have access to new streaming services such as 4K UltraHD, which requires 20-30Mbps per stream. All of this will place an enormous amount of demand on your customers’ networks and you should begin planning for this today by designing networks capable of handling the near term increase.