World's Fastest Internet Arrives in Tokyo

So-net, a Sony-owned ISP, has launched its “Nuro” service for Tokyo-area residents. It utilizes Japan’s GPON (Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network) and provides speeds of 2 Gbps, which are the world’s fastest, at least doubling the speed of any comparable U.S. fiber-optic consumer connections.

The service costs just $50/month, which is remarkably low in comparison to either Google Fiber or Verizon FiOS that provide 1 Gbps and 150 Mbps for $79 and $129, respectively. This low price comes with two major caveats: a $540 installation fee, and a mandatory two-year contract that is presumably being used to fund further expansions to the company’s fiber-optic network.

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  • MajinCry
    Sony is an ISP?
    Say bye-bye to your privacy, Tokyo.
  • eriko
    I'm suspect with regards to this claim.
    I don't know of any desktop PC, nor laptop, with a network interface card faster than 1Gb/s, and that is usually the built in NIC on the motherboard. Given Ethernet framing overhead, rates can be around 850Mb/s max.
    So are they providing an ethernet NIC at 10Gb/s? (the next Ethernet standard up) Or maybe they are handing out STM-16 NICs (2.488Gb/s) and providing SDH? How unlikely...
    I reckon this is like years ago, when people were calling FastEthernet 200Mb/s, when it was really only 100Mb/s FastEthernet, but marketing were summing the two directions to reach their figure.
    Need more info on the physical layer to be sold on this one...
  • sundragon
    Sigh, makes my Comcast look like a Hayes 28000 Baud modem from 1990... Why is the US so far behind????