IPIQ: That's Quite a Gig!
Gigabit internet will push technology forward at a rapid pace, and will be here before you know it. A little education on the topic will go a long way when your customers begin to ask you about this new and exciting broadband service.
Gigabit internet is the next generation of broadband internet service. Typically delivered over fiber optic lines, it provides speeds of 1,000Mbps. It's also referred to as "1 Gbps" internet.
To be clear, this is the speed of the WAN connection provided from the ISP to your customer's house, not just the Gigabit Ethernet run over the Cat5e or Cat6 within the home.
What does this mean to your customers? They'll have an internet connection that is 100 times faster than today's average broadband service!
Currently, about 20 cities in the U.S. have gigabit internet service. Google currently services Kansas City, Mo., Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, and has selected an additional 34 U.S. cities to consider for its Gigabit network. Overall, Gigabit internet is expected to hit all 50 states sometime next year.
As you can see, Gigabit internet is here and will potentially be in your market very soon! So what does this mean to you and your systems?
With this increase in speed, your customers will have access to new streaming services such as 4K Ultra HD, which requires 20 to 30Mbps per stream. This will place an enormous amount of demand on your customers' networks, so you should begin planning for this today by designing networks capable of handling the near-term increase.
The most important thing you can do is to be knowledgeable and start to sell networks that can handle the traffic, so that in a year when it potentially hits your market you won't need to rip out year-old equipment that wasn't up to the speed challenge.