EU and Japan working on 100Gbps internet

The European Union and Japan joined forces to help work on projects that will enable internet speeds of up to 100Gbps (or 100,000Mbps). The average broadband speeds in the EU region is estimated to be at 19.7Mbps.

Some member countries of the EU are already among the fastest in the world, like Bulgaria (32.1Mbps), Belgium (32.7Mbps), Romania (37.4Mbps) and Latvia (37.5Mbps). Japan, on the other hand, sits at No. 3 in the world at 42.2Mbps, after South Korea and Hong Kong.

The European Commission and Japan today announce six research projects aiming at redefining internet architectures to increase the efficiency of networks in carrying data. One project aims to build networks 5000 times faster than today’s average European broadband speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps).

There is a pressing need for new and more efficient networks in light of a massive online data explosion that is expected to continue over the next decade.

The world generates 1.7 million billion bytes of data per minute; data traffic volumes doubled between early 2012 and early 2013 and are expected to grow 12-fold by 2018. Such big data is growing faster than networks’ capacity to carry it.

The projects, will receive around €18m in funding, and touch on challenges such as cyber security, network capacity, storage, high density data traffic and energy efficiency.

Only in April this year, Sony in Japan launched the world’s fastest internet service. Called Sony Nuro, the home broadband has a peak speed of 2Gbps downlink and 1Gbps uplink.


12 Comments on this Post

  1. edwaine

    I read thus article already on neowin.

  2. Iyan Sommerset

    It’s a really sad state of affairs when Eastern European, former Cold War-bloc countries are kicking our ass in technology infrastructure. Tiger of Asia indeed.

    • jayron

      Well, it is wasn’t for that bizarre philosophy of Marx those countries would have been wealthier years ago. They’re just reclaiming what could have theirs all along. Progressiveness. While we shall forever be the land of mediocre-minded m?o?r?o?n?s? simpletons.

  3. Blued

    yet another reason to hate local telco’s

  4. zirculs

    smart will offer this soon… Php999 per month with 2 gb data cap per month.

  5. abuzalzal

    There MUST be a way para ma break ang Telco duopoly sa bansa, damn.

    • dodong

      the only way that will happen is if government and congress find political will and common sense to already allow FDIs in the country. that is the only way. and i’m not talking about internet only but all basic utilities and services which are monopolized by the former marcos cronies and the elite.

      kung telco at telco lang, sobrang laki ng potential ng market natin sa telefonica, vodafone, at&t etc kaso hindi sila pwede mag mayari ng negosyo. at dahil hindi rin pwede magmayari, walang kalaban ang meralco, manila water at maynilad para maging competitive ang presyo ng kuryente at tubig na pangunahing reklamo ng mga negosyante sa pilipinas. if only we have the kind of culture where we can hold our congressmen accountable to its constituents, we should pressure each to allow such law. kaso mas matimbang ang lobby money ng mga lopez, cojuangco, ayala etc na siya ding nagpondo sa eleksyon ng mga politiko sa taas. case in point, bakit numero unong bumabatikos sa e-cigarette ang DOH na wala namang juridiction sa yosi at kung tutuusin ay mas safe sa tooong sigarilyo? lobby money ni lucio tan at ng philip morriss. pambihirang mabuhay sa pilipinas.

  6. Anonymous

    Buti pa sila Gbps na samantalang tayo Kbps parin d man lang Mbps. tapos tayo 1k-2k+ pa bayad Kbps lang sila less than 20-50 dollars Mbps


  7. My eyes popped upon seeing the 100 mbps! I’m already happy to get 3 mbps. lol Philippines is so behind.

  8. MannyT

    Kelan kaya matatauhan ang mga lawmaker natin at pigilan ang mga ganid na telcos sa ating bansa? Napagiiwanan na tayo sa technology.

  9. Jiron

    The Philippines’ internet providers really suck. PLDT/Smart is lobbying NTC and the government to not let interconnection among the local telcos. They want to monopolize the ISP industry by swallowing Digitel/Sun and kicking Innove/Globe, BayanTel and other telcos out of the picture as viable DSL providers. Not letting interconnection means that PLDT subscribers can’t play nice with non-PLDT ones. And the thing is, get this, ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES is this kind of lobbying happening. Competition is good for the consumer and PLDT is trying to block it.



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