Sometimes I really love living in the English countryside. The fresh air, the sheep and horses at the bottom of the garden, the lack of crime, the sense of community that still exists in a small village, the lack of seriously fast broadband. Ah, yes, that's not so good is it?
In fact, most of the time the relatively slow broadband speed I get here is pretty much the only reason I have to wish I were living back in London. Well, that and numerous restaurants covering all cuisines, the public transport system and the night life if I am being honest.
However, some news has just popped my way which makes me feel much happier about the 2Mbit/s speeds that I currently enjoy, compared to those city slickers who in some cases can get a cable driven 20Mbit/s or faster. That news being that in Japan some outfit has just launched a 1Gbit/s broadband service. That pretty much puts London, and just about everywhere else, in its place.
Of course, a gigabit-class fibre based broadband service is something to slobber over, and I have been dribbling just a tad ever since hearing about it. The lucky Japanese will be able to enjoy that crazy Internet connection from October 1st courtesy of the KDDI telco. The Kiari One Home Gigabit service will cost just UKP £28 per month which is actually cheaper than the 100Mbit/s service currently being offered there.
The real question is, I guess, what would you do with all that speed? Well, apart from the obvious TV over IP application, and the ability to stream some seriously high quality video around the place, I am not sure what the answer is.
Any thoughts as to what you would use a 1Gbit/s connection for?