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Japan and EU Commit 18m Euro To Develop 100Gbps Internet Access 69

Mark.JUK writes "The European Union and Japan have unveiled a joint investment of 18 million Euros that aims to build more efficient fibre optic broadband networks that are '5000 times faster than today's average European broadband ISP speed (100Gbps compared to 19.7Mbps).' The funding will go towards supporting six research projects, which range from an effort to enable fibre optic networks at more than 100Gbps (aka – STRAUSS), to investigating new ways of ensuring efficient use of energy in information networks (aka — GreenICN). Faster than 100Gbps fibre optic links already exist but the new research could potentially help to bring these closer to homes. Some ISPs already offer 1Gbps+ connections to home users; not so long ago everybody was still stuck on a 50Kbps dialup link or slower."
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Japan and EU Commit 18m Euro To Develop 100Gbps Internet Access

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  • by ArcadeMan ( 2766669 ) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @05:06PM (#44190445)

    not so long ago everybody was still stuck on a 50Kbps dialup link or slower.

    I'm still on 28.8kbps dial-up you insensitive clod!

  • by Anonymous Coward

    That's.. what.. like a day's worth of toilet paper for Bill Gates?

  • If that's all it takes why am I still paying $60/mo for 1 mb down...?
    • If that's all it takes why am I still paying $60/mo for 1 mb down...?

      Mb or MB?

      That's pretty sad when in the Commune of Quebec in the Soviet Republic of Kanada you can get 60Mb down / 10Mb up for $80 a month []. (And according to, they're lowballing it, it's actually 62Mb.)

      • Or in Redneckistan Virginia, 50/25 (FiOS) for $45.
        • $45?!? That same plan costs me $60 in western PA! And I thought I was getting a good deal :(
        • Or in Redneckistan Virginia, 50/25 (FiOS) for $45.

          Nice, but then you'd have to live in Virgina! (I kid... Apparently Viginia is quite nice, and the guy who said that was a Pakistani Muslim immigrant so the whole "redneck" thing has to be exaggerated, or at least in suburbia.)

          "Martha, there's a nice young man at the gate trying too sell me FiOS... Can you bring him a bowl of that squirrel stew and my checkbook?"

    • by fazig ( 2909523 )
      Cry me a river, assuming you're talking about 1MByte/s. I get 2mBit/s down and 128kBit/s up for 40€/mo (~$51.67/mo) in Germany, from the major ISP, Telekom.
      They don't want to expand their infrastructure apparently because it is 'too expensive'. If I want any more bandwidth they politely tell me that I'd have to move or get WiMax.
  • I used to get a warm and fuzzy feeling deep in my heart when I heard news about bandwidth increases. The network can never be fast enough.

    But now streaming media has taken over. Now 'cloud' services are taking over. Now everything has to happen 'in the net' and not on my PC anymore. And the network can never be fast enough for any of this, but it seems like I'm paying more and more, yet owning less and less.

    When I hear news like this now, all I get is a not so fuzzy feeling in my gut telling me this is

  • by Type44Q ( 1233630 ) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @06:26PM (#44191021)

    Japan and EU Commit 18 million Euro...

    A whole eighteen mil, huh. I guess all that's lacking is Dr. Evil's voice... :p

  • color me unimpressed is that a typo? is that billion? it sure feels like it should be billion

    • I'm actually rather impressed if it's only going to take them 18m to develop the access. I'm guessing that this is just the research end of it, and not the deployment. But, who knows.

  • The American incumbent telcos have "pledged" a similar amount of money to suppress any regulation that would threaten their oligopolistic practice of wringing out their customers while providing world class shitty service.

    • by chrish ( 4714 )

      They need to study the telecom oligarchs in Canada; they're doing the same thing for significantly less "investment" in lobbying!

  • I'll be impressed if they do this at 1/2000th of the cost of the Australian NBN. Either someone didn't know the difference between million and billion (could be if the article was originally in another language given that milliarde 10^9 follows million 10^6 and the billion is long billion 10^12 in many languages), or this is a token donation which will ultimately be a waste of money and won't net anyone any speed increase.

  • by hcs_$reboot ( 1536101 ) on Thursday July 04, 2013 @09:01PM (#44191761)
    5000 times more capacity / bandwidth would be more correct. Unless they intend an FTL technology.
  • In related news...

        US, Australia, China and Iran commit to resisting higher speed internet access citing concerns that they might not be able to collect all of the information that their people might generate at that speed. "I looked into his eyes and I could see a kindred soul" President Obamma says of Ahmadinejad after returning from the conference where they all quickly agreed to enact an internet speed limit.

  • In the US, 18M Euro (23M US) is a governmental rounding error.

    I mean, heck, that's not even a third of what it costs to send our president to Africa for the week.

    And yet, OTOH, I can't even imagine what 100GBS would feel like. The best I can get in my neck of these American woods is 4MBS, and keeping it costs a little over $120/month, with taxes.

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