Japanese Take Wireless Net To Warp Speed

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Just a reminder: Traffic prioritization and management won’t matter much once we realize the full potential of fiber and other technologies on the near horizon. Second reminder: Those in control of the networks plan on gouging you the whole way via controlled, incremental upgrades in speed and capacity.

Charging 40 times bandwidth? Sure if it’s still 2005. The network providers are looking at a much better rate than that, at least for the foreseeable future, so long as the future can be delayed long enough to maximize profit.

You’ve heard of planned obsolescence? This is like that, with some market control on the side. Net Neutrality is currently a smallish road bump compared to what’s ahead.

Anyway, not to be long-winded or anything, I just wanted to note that while America slips farther down the list of countries with the best and fastest Internet service available – cruising along at that fiber-optic-enabled speed of 5Mbps—Japanese mobile phone carrier NTT Docomo, whose largest competitor is Vodaphone, just achieved speeds of 250 Mbps wirelessly via 3G, and has hit 5Gbps (not a typo) via 4G technology.

Just thought I’d bring that up.   

Japanese Take Wireless Net To Warp Speed
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  • http://www.geocities.com/Yosemite/Meadows/4584/ Guest

    It’s sad how far behind the US is.  I can’t believe how many new homes are being built that only have a couple of power outlets on each wall (powerstrips into powerstrips…) and don’t have a fiber optic cable.  They might as well sell cars without power steering. 

  • http://www.vitallywell.net Vital Wellness

    The market should drive the techology / services.  As long as the government stays out of the way that is.  Cheaper, better, faster is the natural progression of a free market – unless the "green religion" starts imposing "their" religion upon us.

  • http://www.88eight.com Remko

    It is not only Internet where the US of A is behind. Transportation (trucks) is another field where they are far behind. Look at Europe, technology from 20 years ago has not reached the states yet or is just on the surface.

  • Guest

    For the past four years, I have been living  about 30 miles from Oregon’s state capital. During the 90’s we almost got fibreoptic out here, from what the locals tell me.  Since it isn’t a huge profit center, none of the commercial firms were going to do the job without government support. At the time, the Feds ponied up with the bucks, and some local contractors got the jobs, starting in the city centers and workung out. That support died abruptly with the arrival with the current incumbants. Result: huge chunks of territory can’t even get DSL.

    My son, who just signed his second contract as an English teacher in Japan, is on his third connectivity upgrade in 18 months.

    I love my location, and I knew  about the mixed-material phone lines when I got here. Having to use dial-up does tend to focus the mind, much in the manner of using a typewriter or a pen for a first draft, but when my son grumps about being on vacation and having to go down to 10Mbps at a rustic hotel farther up a mountain that where I live ………..

  • http://www.bestwebezy.com Internet Marketing

    I live in Auckland, NZ.  We used to have DSL services bundled with the only 1 telecommunication company here.  Recently they released some unbundled plans, and we all thought ‘ok, cheap and fast internet is finally going to happen’.  But no.  The ISPs now charge nearly double for the unbundled services! 

    Can I have fast and unlimited internet please?  When is it going to happen to me?

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