A Sony-backed ISP in Japan has launched a 2Gbps Internet service, which it said is the world’s fastest for home use.
So-net Entertainment began offering its “Nuro” fiber-based service on Monday to homes, apartments, and small businesses in Tokyo and six surrounding prefectures. Nuro will cost ¥4,980 (US$51) per month on a two-year contract, plus a ¥52,500 installation fee that it is currently offering for free for those that apply online. The upload speed is 1Gbps.
The company said the service includes rental of an ONU (optical network unit) designed to handle the high speeds. ONU devices are commonly used in homes and business to convert fiber to broadband Internet. Individual users of the service are unlikely to see 2Gbps speeds on their devices, as it exceeds the capacity of most consumer network adaptors.[url]World's Fastest Home Internet, at 2Gbps, Launched In Japan[/url]
I've never used So-net, but I've heard many complaints about the speed of their service in the past. Perhaps they've address this, but in general my impression has been that they're a low tier ISP at best. If they can crack 100Mbps in actual use I'd be surprised.