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Feeling Smug With Google’s 1Gbps Internet? Japan Laughs With Its 2Gbps Service

Feeling Smug With Google’s 1Gbps Internet? Japan Laughs With Its 2Gbps Service


It’s easy to see Google Fiber’s burgeoning gigabit Internet service as a harbinger of a new era in the US. Certainly, with average speeds of 7.2Mbps, 1Gbps is in a completely different league. But Japan doesn’t waste any time in reminding the world just how much better they have it. Nuro, a service backed by Sony, has announced the availability of 2Gbps Internet down, with 1Gbps up. This would allow you to download pictures of cats in a fraction of time so small there’s likely no word for it.

And how much are the Japanese to pay for this otherworldly service? A price so high only the rich can afford? You know it’s cheap: “Nuro charges ¥4,980 (US$51) a month on a two-year contract, but there’s a steep ¥52,500 (US$535) installation fee that is currently waived for those who apply online.”

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  • Andrew Goffe

    I knew we always had the ability to have internet speeds in the stratosphere. The providers in the U.S. simply limit the speed so every six months they can release a new ‘faster’ internet and charge us a premium to get it. Sometimes capitalism isn’t what we necessarily need.

  • Mason Mathews

    Great, so I can use up my 2GB monthly limit in ONE SECOND!

  • RH

    NO, the problem is, that the entire land area of Japan, would fit inside Texas & California, with a little left over. If the entire population of the USA would fit inside such a land area, we would have super speed also, as it wouldn’t be as much of a challenge to “string cable” to that limited amount of land area.

    Land area of Japan = 377,000+ sq miles Land area of USA = 3,536,000+ sq miles