So-net Entertainment now offers it’s “Nuro” fiber-based service to homes, apartments, and small businesses in Tokyo and six surrounding prefectures. Nuro cost ¥4,980 (US$51) per month on a two-year contract, plus a ¥52,500 installation fee. The upload speed is 1Gbps.
The Japanese government has strongly backed fiber connections to private residences, and the country is now among the world leaders. About 25 percent of Japanese households are currently connected, the second-highest rate in the world, according to data from regional FTTH, or Fibre to the Home, organizations. The UAE is the highest at over 70 percent.
A vast majority of the Japanese population are already enjoying fiber services. Infact, 1Gbps now looks pretty common in Japan with service providers slashing prices and proving enough incentives to sway customers. But in other countries, especially Nigeria, the transition seems non-existent with failure of the regulatory body to really foster such.
The world’s fastest internet service provided by So-net Entertainment uses the GPON, or Gigabit-capable Passive Optics Networks, standard, which supports up to 2.488 Gbps downstream.
Time to move to Tokyo?