Hyperoptic are currently providing symmetric 1 Gb/s internet connections to residences in the UK.
This service costs about $80 a month, or £50.
They use FTTH, Fibre To The Home, also known as FTTP or FTTB. (Premisis/Building).
I am not sure, but I think that this is a contentive service, i.e. you would be sharing the same fibre optic cable to the exchange with other people in your building. Not a direct fibre service, but a shared fibre service. Hyperoptic are specializing in supplying apartment buildings in urban centres.
What most ISPs seem to be doing is introducing a lesser service, FTTC, Fibre to the cabinet. The cabinet is a green box on the street. Fibre goes from the exchange to the cabinet and then it is copper from the cabinet to the various homes. With FTTH it is fibre all the way, no copper. With a direct fibre service, it is a single fibre all the way to the exchange. Wouldn't that be nice?
What could you do with a 1Gbps service?
The Quantal Quetzal DVD is 1.4 GB in size. You could download that entire DVD in 11.2 seconds.
Lets say that you did HD video and had a lot of home footage - enough to fill up an entire terrabyte hard disk. That would be about 78 hours worth of footage. Say you wanted to archive that at Amazon Glacier, and had to upload it. Bear in mind this is actually an upload. The upload of that colossal amount of data would take you only 1 hour 36 minutes. (Just for comparison, the average fastest upload speed in the UK is about 3.267 Mbps. With that service, archiving the data would take almost 1 entire month of continuous uploading!
What do you think?
Would you like such an ISP? Do you have a good one now? What are your comments?