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SCI/TECH: 1Gbps broadband rolled out in Hong Kong

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posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 09:01 AM
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Internet users in Hong Kong can now enjoy the luxury of browsing the net at speeds of 1gbs for only £112 a month. The new innovation will allow MPEG-2 DVD quality video to be streamed effortlessly over the web.
 



www.pro-g.co.uk
Internet users in Hong Kong can now browse the internet at speeds that UK residents only dream about.

Hong Kong Broadband Network has launched a new ultra fast service. The symmetric 1Gbps service costs approximately £112 per month, but obliterates the kind of speeds we are used to in the UK. We are eagerly waiting for the rollout of an 8Mbps service and consider that to be fast.

While this kind of speed is unlikely to be available in the UK for some time, the possibilities for its use are immense. Large publishers could offer direct download services for their games, online gaming could be revolutionised and TV channels could be streamed at MPEG-2 DVD quality. It is hard to actually imagine speeds reaching 1Gbps in the UK, but we can dream.


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Too bad we won't be seeing this technology hit the states or the UK for another few years. 1gbps download, the RIAA and MPAAs worst fear. This would make the war on piracy even more of an uphill effort. However, get it a few more years and we're likely to see 1tbps download at an IPS near you.




posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 03:13 PM
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This is good news and look forward to getting it too. But the reality is I already have 10Mbps cable and its very rare that a download ever reaches that speed, so there must be bottlenecks elsewhere in the system that need to be upgraded as well.



posted on Apr, 26 2005 @ 10:25 PM
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While here in good ole Australia we think it's grand we can get 1.5Mbps, and only have to sell our first born child, a kidney, mortage the house and sell our body to dirty old sweaty men in order to be able afford it.


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posted on Apr, 27 2005 @ 02:23 AM
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Originally posted by djohnsto77
This is good news and look forward to getting it too. But the reality is I already have 10Mbps cable and its very rare that a download ever reaches that speed, so there must be bottlenecks elsewhere in the system that need to be upgraded as well.


It's not so much bottlenecks. The way cable works is that every time someone logs onto the network everyone else already on the network has a little bit of speed taken off them. This is divied up and provided to the person just logged on. If no one is on the network at all, then you'll get your 10mbps.

Well Lord Goofus, ADSL 2 is nearly here and the prices will be around $60 for a 40 gig download limit with speeds of 24Mbit/1Mbit. Some companies have already announced their various plans.



posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 03:41 PM
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I've heard that in Europe broadband is relatively inexpensive compared to the states... which is about $40-50 bucks every month - or two fortnights. Is this so?



posted on Apr, 28 2005 @ 04:03 PM
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Im in the UK and we just had our connection upgraded for free from 750k to 2mbps, i think its about 20GBP



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