South Korea wants 1Gbps internet by 2012

Published on October 18th, 2010 | by sylv3rblade


While most of the Western world and those of us in Asia are looking forward to getting standardized 2Mps connections, some ISPs are already offering 50Mbps or 100Mbps. That’s some speedy internet right? Well for South Korea, that’s not nearly enough as their government is looking forward to reaching broadband speeds of up to 1,000Mbps (that’s 1 Gigabit per second) by 2012.

With a huge budget of 34 trillion Won ($30.63 billion), the South Korean government is encouraging enterprises to make this dream a reality. For those interested in comparison, this number is comparable to South Korea’s annual education budget.

“I think in the future we will really see a data deluge – data will explode over the network,” said Lee Suk-Chae, chairman of Korea Telecom. “And you cannot handle that data traffic only through the mobile internet. Although there will be LTE, still you won’t be able to handle all that traffic. Fixed line is essential to support that traffic and in that sense, I think people want to watch the content they want anywhere, anytime, and to satisfy their demands you need to have a strong network, maybe a gigabit internet.”

Now for those interested in the numbers, a 1Gbps connection allows you to download at the speed of 128 megabytes per second. This will allow you to download a 700MB movie in just 5.47 seconds, a 4.7GB DVD would finish in 37.6 seconds, and a 50GB Blu-ray disc would appear on your computer in 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Drooling now? Yeah, it’s simply that fast.

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