Much of the world now enjoys the benefits of Internet connection, though many people still have to do with slower speeds. Furthermore, it became more of a necessity than a luxury, considering how much of daily activities people spend in online platforms. All of these only verify what’s starkly obvious: when society moves forward, the Internet comes with it. It really is that vital.
Residents of first-world countries enjoy the fastest down and up speeds in the world. The speediest of which tops at over 100 Mbps, but that isn’t the highest available speed of the Internet. There are data packages in America that offer 500 Mbps down and 100 Mbps up. Yet, these are high-end commercial plans that aren’t the most practical choices for most people.
Nevertheless, for so long, the developers of faster Internet speeds have been capable of achieving gigabit speeds. Giga, as in 10 times the speed for the fastest connection today. So, why not?
No Shortage of Materials
Advanced components are available that could make gigabit Internet possible, and the world has even more money. Any company with enough funds can launch a satellite, while a company such as Optdex can provide terrestrial-level transceivers that can relay signals. As for wires, there is no scenario where cables won’t reach its destination.
It’s Not Yet the Time
The aforementioned 500 Mbps Internet costs around $400 to $500. Now, to make gigabit Internet sells, it should be cheap enough and largely available from the start. The former is only present in select areas, but the infrastructure is everywhere. That’s because it’s still too expensive to sell like hotcakes, and there’s no groundwork for it. Furthermore, it’s way too fast for consumer-level needs. 100-Mbps speeds can download a 100-GB file in 2 ½ hours, which is reasonable considering the file size.
In addition, no one feasibly needs a connection that fast yet. The most Internet-demanding tasks work just fine at 50 Mbps, and that’s already excessive. So, even though Comcast showed that a 1-Gbps Internet is possible, they’re not going to take it seriously for now.
If gigabit Internet can be as accessible LTE from the outset, it’s plausible for people to experience blazing connections sooner than later. But for now, everyone is stuck waiting for the next big thing.