The State of Gigabit

OVER 200 MILLION PEOPLE GLOBALLY HAVE GIGABIT INTERNET AVAILABILITY

18-MAY-17

Posted by: BBC Wires @ 6:52 am

MILPITAS, CA — Viavi Solutions announced that 219 million people globally now have gigabit internet available to them, equating to roughly 3 percent of the global population. There are currently 603 gigabit internet implementations, a jump of 72 percent since June 2016, according to an updated version of Viavi’s Gigabit Monitor, the company’s visual database referencing current and planned gigabit deployments around the world.

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The Gigabit Monitor is a web-based tool intended to showcase the state-of-play of gigabit internet provision across the world, based on publicly available data. This living database is updated regularly, based on deployment announcements and feedback from users. The site has been overhauled since its launch in 2016 to include population coverage estimates, giving a clearer picture of gigabit progress across the world. The following information is based on Viavi’s analysis of that data.

US Leads in Gigabit Access Numbers
The United States has the highest number of people with access to gigabit internet (56.4 million) with a population coverage of 17 percent. Singapore currently has the highest proportion of citizens with gigabit internet availability at 95 percent. South Korea has the second highest number of citizens with gigabit internet availability (46.7 million), representing 93 percent of its population.

Of the current gigabit installations tracked by Gigabit Monitor, unsurprisingly, 91 percent are based on fiber – with cellular connections accounting for 3.65 percent, HFC accounting for 5.26 percent, and WiFi making up less than 1 percent. However, with many launches of gigabit LTE and 5G expected in the near future, the scale of cellular gigabit connectivity is expected to change significantly. This is reflected in Viavi’s State of 5G Trials, which shows that 25 mobile operators are currently lab-testing 5G, with 12 of those reporting that they have progressed to field trials.

Dynamically Updated Infographics

The new Gigabit Monitor has been upgraded to display dynamically updated infographics showing the current state of gigabit internet provision in all 41 countries where it is available. Each country’s gigabit internet profile displays the estimated population coverage, global ranking, gigabit launches over time and a listing of local gigabit providers.

“2016 was a turning point for gigabit connectivity, as many cities around the world reached the point whereby gigabit internet was available to most of its residents,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, Viavi Solutions. “Yet the gigabit revolution shows no signs of cooling down in 2017. As bandwidth increases, so does consumer appetite for it. Likewise new business models have been quick to take advantage of new bandwidth, as we’ve seen with streaming video and audio in the recent past – and which we believe will continue in the near future with VR, AR and the Internet of Things.”

Utilization and Revenues

This week’s Beyond Availability asks the question, do businesses that use the Internet more actually make more? Additionally we’re looking at how many businesses are actually deploying online customer support methods that support their online and offline sales.

For a complete archive of Beyond Availability, visit the SNG website.  Our most recent issue delved into broadband speeds received and how it differs for rural and urban areas.

SNG is the only organization tracking the economic impacts of the utilization of broadband, make sure you contact us if there is something you are looking for.

-The SNG Team, info@sngroup.com

Utilization and Revenues

While other entities are measuring broadband availability, SNG looks an actual use, and scores it. With a utilization score of 0-10 (10 being the best) we’re able to see corresponding economic impacts.  Not entirely surprising, businesses that embrace more online business practices see the Internet paying off big rewards in terms of revenues.
Online Customer Service Tactics
A full two-thirds (66.8%) of businesses report that they are providing at least one of the below online customer service tactics.  Looking deeper into these online activities below individually, it’s clear that businesses are using a variety – if not a comprehensive – set of online customer support solutions to help drive and support revenue.

Research for Better Broadband Decisions

SNG’s broadband research in a dozen states has resulted in an unparalleled database of self-reported broadband impacts from businesses and households.

If you would like to tap into the insights we have, or collect your own to capitalize on the transformative economic power of driving Internet utilization, you can visit SNG online or contact us via email.

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Competition Fosters Faster Speeds

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This week’s Beyond Availability takes a look at one state in particular that SNG worked with last year, Tennessee. We’re taking a look at the speeds of broadband service received for businesses and households according to where they live and the vast differences in service.
For a complete archive of Beyond Availability, visit the SNG website.

SNG is the only organization tracking the economic impacts of the utilization of broadband, make sure you contact us if there is something you are looking for.

-The SNG Team, info@sngroup.com

Business Speeds, Urban Versus Rural

Does your level of internet service depend on where you live?  SNG has examined the Rural Digital Divide in the past in terms of meaningful use – but what about actual service levels? Not measuring “availability,” as this can be parsed many ways, we simply ask respondents to run a speedtest (www.speedtest.net) and report actual speed received.  For businesses in Tennessee last year, urban businesses averaged 12 Mbps faster download and 5 Mbps faster upload service in urban regions versus rural.
Household Speeds in Tennessee
The difference in speeds is even larger in households as urban households averaged 19 Mbps faster download and 11 Mbps faster upload service than their rural counterparts.
Competition at Work

Want better service, urban or rural?  Introduce multiple service providers.  The unfortunate fact is that many rural areas just don’t have much competition to drive speeds up and costs down. When there are two or more providers, subscribers get more than twice the bandwidth for the same price as compared when there is only one provider.

Research for Better Broadband Decisions

SNG’s broadband research in a dozen states has resulted in an unparalleled database of self-reported broadband impacts from businesses and households.

If you would like to tap into the insights we have, or collect your own to capitalize on the transformative economic power of driving Internet utilization, you can visit SNG online or contact us via email.

This regular email is designed to be unobtrusive and simply provide you with some insights on a regular basis – we hope you find value in this research.

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EATEL 10 Years Later

Here’s a couple of excerpts from an article that looks back on how one, family owned telecommunications company in southeastern Louisiana delivered fiber-to-the-home and what it means for the consumer.

 

“Household income is a driver for premium channels and for new services such as home alarm and automation. Households near the median income tend to order more payper-view or video on demand, rather than spending more on higher-priced entertainment such as concerts, frequent dining out and vacations. Needless to say, there’s a much better penetration rate for pay-per-view and video on demand with this market. By contrast, households at the 90th income percentile gravitate toward home security services and higher-speed connectivity to feed home offices and multiple internet-connected devices.”

“Mobile devices have whetted consumers’ desire for easy-tap access to all the gadgets and digital services in their lives. But they don’t want just access to videos, texts and games. Soon, consumers will need to be connected to the IoT to control their security cameras, car maintenance sensors, refrigerators, vacuum cleaners, lights, lawn sprinklers and thermostats – almost anything that has an on-off switch.”

“Every appliance, electronic device and machine will be connected via the internet. All those sensors and all that data will need to be computed, channeled and coordinated. The car will talk to the calendar, and the calendar will send a notice to fix the engine so the owner can take that long weekend road trip. Every home electronic device, whether for entertainment, security, transportation or cleaning, is going to be connected and communicating – and to fully use this amazing power, consumers will want to control it all with a smartphone and an app.”

EATEL 10 years later