Who Needs Google? City Telecom Debuts 1Gbps

April 14th, 2010 by · 2 Comments

We may be waiting for Google to show fiber operators how it's done with its 1Gbps community fiber project, but over in Hong Kong it's already becoming reality.  Today HKBN, a subsidiary of City Telecom (NASDAQ:CTEL, news, filings), introduced a residential 1Gbps symmetric service for the equivalent of just $26/month.  That's just double the price they charge for their 100Mb/s offering, which just came out in November. 

As cities go Hong Kong is rather unique, and thus comparing its telecommunications infrastructure to any US city is always an apples to oranges scenario.  However, it still makes me shake my head at how far away such connectivity seems here in the US.  We might learn more from a real commercial 1Gbps attempt now than from Google's research network that won't see the light of day for a couple years.  The economics differ of course, but they're using the same fiber and the same gear that others can buy.   Just how different is it, really?

I wonder how much of that bandwidth the average Hong Kong consumer will manage to use.  IP transit isn't exactly cheap in the Far East.

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  • sherwin says:

    Hong Kong vs the size of the USA is way way way too different, different in topology and geography. With the dense population in Hong Kong and crowded building infrastructure, laying broadband or direct fiber is easy as 123.

  • From other cities around the work, for example in the UK, Gigabit services have been available for some time.

    These services or bandwidth is available from 25Mb, 50Mb, 100Mb 200Mb or into the multi gigabit range depending upon the customers requirements and location. Many of these services are symmetrical and can be sub-divided and managed to fulfil other needs such as voice services, back-up storage, video conferencing, etc. City Telecom in the UK (not to be confused with Hong Kong) provides these services amongst many other business communication services that it offers.

    For further information please view: http://www.citytelecom.co.uk/solutions/next-generation-networks/business-grade-internet-access

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