Just a few years ago Japan was burdened with some of the most expensive broadband on the planet.

Clumsy and overpriced, these first ventures into cyberspace shaped the way the country developed its broadband infrastructure, focusing instead on a 3G mobile internet network.

Seeing the country fall behind dramatically in terms of fixed Internet use the government decided to act: the end result was a seriously fast fibre-based FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) network at one of the lowest price-per-megabits anywhere in the world.

Tokyo resident Nobuyuki is an enthusiastic user of Japan's so-called Hikari 100Mbps service, but it has made him spoilt: "Funny thing is, you get used to it, it's normal," he said.

Perhaps this is the future of broadband in Australia?


Post a Comment