It’s hard to imagine a day without internet access. This morning I had to find a place to do my taxes, the accountant’s phone number to arrange a meeting, then address and directions to get there. While waiting for the clerk, I checked out the latest movies and their scoops. When I got to the office I already had tickets purchased for the Before Midnight on East Village. My girl digs these kind of chick-flicks. Anyway, the day had just begun and I managed quite a few chores online. Luckily, all snappy and without a glitch. The speed is the king though.
Cable, WiFi or Cellular, single or large family, streaming movies, downloading and uploading of files all need a steady and reliant internet connection. In US, according to Akamai State of the Internet, the average speed is 8.6Mbps. That is 9th fastest in the world! That is a shame considering we ought to be the leading country in technological advancement. After all, we have Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple. Latvia, Czech republic, and other countries have faster internet. To be fair the speeds in US have improved by 27 percent in 2012, but still.
In UK, Virgin Media recently announced at Gamescom in Cologne, that they would be PS4′s broadband partner to enable even the most demanding and resource intensive games to play smoothly. Sony now has an ISP partner in UK to facilitate the demands of the PlayStation 4 scheduled for release on November 29th in Europe. Virgin broadband deals range in bundles, speeds and prices but for PS4, Virgin allocated gamer specific packages of speeds reaching 1Gbps. That is 1000Mbps!
Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan said the packages will ensure there “bits of the pipe are left open to gamers.”
An executive director of broadband for Virgin Media confirmed the presence at the Eurogamer expo on September 26th and added,
“We’ll be at the heart of this year’s Expo, offering our continued support for the UK games industry as well as demonstrating the speed and quality of Virgin Media’s ultrafast broadband with a 1Gb – yes that’s 1Gb! – connection, more than 100 times faster than the average household broadband speed,”
In US, these speeds just don’t exist yet. Price-wise we have a long way to go to be as competitive as providers in say Hong Kong where people enjoy speeds of 500Mbps for mere $25 a month. In Japan, where average household internet speed is over 11Mbps, users can order speeds up to 2Gbps for $51 a month. In US, Verizon sports the fastest FiOS with speeds of 500Mbps and you can get it for $310 a month. It’s a shame I’ll tell ya!
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