New Data Era: Gigabit Networks

 “Gigabit networks have the potential to change how we live, work, learn and interact on the web, much like the the switch from dial-up to broadband did,” Mozilla Executive Director Mark Surman said in a statement.

 As gigabit networks get all the love. Let’s focus on this question first: What on earth is Gigabit technology? The Technology to deliver 1(or more) gigabit per second Internet connection.

Gigabit network technology

Gigabit network technology

 Unlike most of the advertisement said, the real gigabit Internet service usually means subscribers will have their service up to gigabit speeds (1 Gbps), from end to end, from service provider to end user. Currently, fiber technology is the main Gigabit network solution, which includes EPON, GPON, 10G EPON/GPON and 10 GPON standards etc. Besides, there are also other types of strong Gigabit network solution, such as wireless (WiFi), and other broadband technologies.

 Cable companies like AT&T, Comcast, and Time Warner Cable are under pressure to increase the speed and lower the cost of their broadband Internet service in order to compete against new gigabit networks.

How big is the “gigabit” market?

 Baesd on the telecom and internet project experience, the gigabit networks mostly focused on those types of business:

  1. Small and medium business.
  2. Residential real estate and family unit.
  3. Schools, hospitals, government and other agencies etc

 Expecting it on a commercial basis:

  • Price:70-120 USD/month
  • Service/Application: Huge bandwidth download, phone service, HD Digital television service, Games and so on.
  • Bonus: Unlimit cloud storage, DVR recorder, almost all your requirements.
  • Moreover, in order to meet needs in market, some people would think that one really important point to say Yes: latency in network 
  • is going to be a big deal.

Applications for gigabit networks

 Triple Play solution, which is the most common application in our daily life, includes the combination of data, voip and TV broadcasting service etc. As the table below, it is clear to show how big demand both for high-bandwidth multi-service currently.

Service or ApplicationDemand for Broadband
Data-downloading2 Mbps
VoIP, video telephony and video conference1 Mbps
Music on demand, multimedia contents2 Mbps
On-line Gaming1 Mbps
SD Digital TV (Standard-definition TV)3 Mbps
HD Digital TV (High-definition TV)10 Mbps
Additional TV channels (i.e. 2 HD DTV)20 Mbps
Developing (More..)More..

 Generally speaking, video would be the highest bandwidth services. It is said that, the Copyright video service provider Netflix and other video sites will launch 4K Ultra HD video services soon. Ultra high-definition video talk will be one of the most popular applications in this gigabit era.

How to upgrade?

 Let’s say, today it is very mature and economical to build a brand new network, even which called the gigabit networks. But upgrading an existing network to a “gigabit” is not so easy. Luckily, our professional service provider will find their suitable solutions.

How to upgrade(Gigabit E2E solution)

How to upgrade(Gigabit E2E solution)

 B.T.W, in FOT Blog, there are also some popular FTTH PON and related solutions for your reference.

What shall we do?

 Without a doubt, “Google Fiber” is one of the most successful gigabit networks cases in Kansas City. In July 2012, pricing for Google Fiber was announced. The service offers three options. These include a free broadband internet option, 1 Gbit/s internet option for $70 per month and a version that includes television service for $120 per month.
 Mozilla this month launched the Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund ($300,000) in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Ignite. As its name implies, the project will support the development of open source applications for gigabit networks.
 2013 Verizon also launched the FiOS tier for $310 a month, 500 Mbps download complete with 100 Mbps uploads.

 As Mark Surman (Mozilla Executive Director) said, “The educators, developers, students and other inventive thinkers in these leading gigabit economies have a unique opportunity to help shape the web of the future, in ways that can help us all know more, do more and do better.”

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