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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  • ikyung
    When I read this in America, I'm like UGH! I wish we had that. When people in Tokyo read this, they are like WTF? 50/month for internet? Too much!
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  • NeeKo
    And in South America we pay 100 usd a month for 4mbps connection, im trying hard not to cry.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    I think I'm Turning Japanese I really think so.
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  • ikyung
    When I read this in America, I'm like UGH! I wish we had that. When people in Tokyo read this, they are like WTF? 50/month for internet? Too much!
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  • getochkn
    Any caps on it? I could care less about the speed, companies are getting silly with speeds that no one can use, especially when they cap it. 150mb/s? Who cares when they cap you at 250GB a month. You can burn through the 250GB in a day or so at 150mb/s. I'm in Canada and pay through the ass for a business connection that is truely unlimited. No slowdowns, no throttling, can do 2TB a month if I want, but it costs big time.
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  • Memnarchon
    Anonymous said:
    Any caps on it? I could care less about the speed, companies are getting silly with speeds that no one can use, especially when they cap it. 150mb/s? Who cares when they cap you at 250GB a month. You can burn through the 250GB in a day or so at 150mb/s. I'm in Canada and pay through the ass for a business connection that is truely unlimited. No slowdowns, no throttling, can do 2TB a month if I want, but it costs big time.

    Never heard (or seen) of a cap in the downloadable data with wired connections.
    edit: I didn't know that some US ISPs have (soft)caps...
    Wireless is an other story...

    It seems that Japan and especially Tokyo is moving forward really fast.
    First they announced that with their new 650m broadcast tower they will be able to broadcast 4K video (3840x2160) by the end of 2014 and 8K (7680x4320) in 2016.
    And now this...
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