Sunday, March 02, 2008

Shift Happens Statistic of the Day

From Wired:

After a week of delays, Japan launched a new, experimental Internet satellite on Saturday that shows why Japan is still so much farther ahead than the United States in terms of bandwidth.

The "Kizuna" satellite (the name, selected through a public nomination process, means "ties" or "bonds," in the sense of linking people together) is designed to give extremely high Internet speeds to rural and other areas that have been left off the country's already high-speed grid.

According to the project's Web site, ordinary home users will ultimately be able to get Net download speeds of 155 megabits per second (Mbps), with upload speeds of 6 Mbps. Businesses and other organizations using a larger receiver dish will be able to get connections of 1.2 gigabits per second.
No word on what the cost of home access will be, but still . . . 155 Mbps download from a satellite. A satellite? Think access from everywhere. Think off the grid. I think I have bandwidth envy.


  1. No kidding the US is falling behind in the bandwidth technology; we have been behind the times since its beginning. Maybe because we have been spending trillions of dollars on useless wars and billions on tests to ensure are kids are great test takers instead of looking at countries technologically infrastructure.

  2. We need to spend that money on weapons. If we don't what will keep the military industrial complex going strong?

  3. Sure, they've got bandwith coming out of their ears, but the latency on a satellite connection is ridiculous. A practical application for a super fast internet connection would be gaming, but the latency make it useless for such an application. Sure, your youtube videos will download faster than you can bat an eye, but I never have to re-buffer or wait for a download on a 7mbps connection. It just seems like overkill for the current internet...