278w ago - A file that takes four minutes to download in South Korea would take nearly an hour and a half to download in the U.S. using the average bandwidth. Japanese users leaves U.S. users behind with an eye-popping 63.60 Mb/s download link.
This means that Japanese can download an entire movie in just two minutes, as opposed to two hours or more here in the U.S. Just in case you are wondering: No, Japanese users do not pay more for their broadband connections. In fact, U.S. broadband cost is among the highest in the world.
Japan dominates international broadband speed with a median download speed of approximately 63 Mb/s, more than enough to stream DVD-quality video with surround audio in real time. Next on the list is South Korea where download speeds achieve an average of 49.50 Mb/s.
Finland and France follow with 21.70 Mb/s and 17.60 Mb/s, respectively. Canada ranked eighth with an average download speed of 7.60 Mb/s. The U.S. came in 15th with 2.35 Mb/s.
293w ago - Faster broadband speeds could soon be on offer to a limited number of people in the UK as BT starts offering access to its 21st Century Network. BT Wholesale will be offering its ADSL2+ technology to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) from this week.
But only a million households will be able to get access to the service, which offers speeds of up to 24Mbps. Jupiter analyst Ian Fogg said the roll-out was "tardy" and available to "a tiny fraction" of UK households.
Writing on his blog, he said: "If this is BT's 21st century network then those fibre to the home networks are for the 22nd century."
Some ISPs in the UK, such as Sky, O2 and Be, have already begun to offer ADSL2+ in the UK by deploying their own technology in exchanges.
"BT appear to have reverted to the sloth of the Home Highway period, rather than building upon their more recent successes in extending DSL's UK availability so widely," said Mr Fogg.
BT said ADSL2+ would reach a "potential footprint of 10 million homes and businesses by the spring of 2009". The company could give no guarantee that customers would get the theoretical maximum 24Mbps speed promised by ADSL2+.
"Line speeds will be subject to individual line conditions," the firm said in a statement. Broadband speeds over...
295w ago - Super-fast broadband could be delivered via the underground pipes of the UK's water and electricity companies, regulator Ofcom has said.
It is conducting a survey of the UK's ducting network to see its suitability for carrying fibre networks.
Some companies in the UK and France already offer fast broadband via the sewers.
Ofcom also wants to see the three million homes earmarked to be built in the UK by 2020, fibre-enabled.
It has opened a consultation - which will run until June 25 - to see how best to regulate next-generation networks.
Critics have warned that the regulator is not doing enough and that the UK is in real danger of falling behind with the rollout of superfast broadband access.
"The fact that this is just a consultation is another indication that the UK is lagging behind," said Ian Fogg, an analyst with Jupiter Research.
In France, for example, there are already three operators providing superfast broadband to homes at speeds of between 50 and 100 megabits per second. One of these offers an IPTV service and Voice-over IP telephone line alongside its fibre service, for 29.99 euros per month.
In a speech delivered to the Institution of Engineering and Technology, Ofcom...
316w ago - Almost nine out of 10 UK net users are connecting via broadband services, official figures reveal.
Information gathered by National Statistics (ONS) for September show that 88.4% of Britons are choosing to use broadband rather than dial-up.
The statistics show that 49.2% of those connections are for services advertised at two megabits per second or faster.
But analysis of the figures suggest the broadband market is static, which could mean tough times for service suppliers.
The figure for September is only slightly up on the June total of 86.2%, but indicates a 26% rise over the last 12 months.
The statistics show that broadband has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity among net users since services started to be available and affordable.
As recently as April 2003, ONS reports, 81% of people went online via dial-up modems and only 17% had broadband.
The statistics also offer a breakdown of the speeds that people have signed up to, and show that the proportion of people on higher speeds - between two and eight megabits per second (Mbps) - has grown. Only 4% of those questioned were using services faster than eight Mbps.
Analysts Point-Topic say there is evidence for a slowdown on broadband take-up as the...