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WP: Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future

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An important factor for long term economic growth is technological innovation. An important factor for technological innovation is increasingly access to high speed internet connections. The US has been falling behind Japan, South Korea, and parts of Europe in terms of access to fiber optic connections to the home. I alluded to this here and here and probably elsewhere.

In the next couple of years, I suspect you’ll see the number of articles like the one pointed out by Barry Ritholtz over on The Big Picture

Japan’s Warp-Speed Ride to Internet Future

TOKYO — Americans invented the Internet, but the Japanese are running away with it.

Broadband service here is eight to 30 times as fast as in the United States — and considerably cheaper. Japan has the world’s fastest Internet connections, delivering more data at a lower cost than anywhere else, recent studies show.


Written by Eric

September 1, 2007 at 5:13 pm

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  1. You said it correctly. Japan is leading the fiber optic market. The Japanese companies make fiber optic cables, fibers and related products that Japan requires and more over to export to other countries also. As I am currently experiencing the fastest growing communication speed through fiber in Japan and many of the east asian countries, US and west europe, I used to blog my experiences as a cable design engineer in order to share with rest of the world.


    July 16, 2008 at 7:36 am

  2. Hi Jayaprakash,

    Thanks for your comment. In a previous life, I was also an electrical engineer specializing in electromagnetic theory (PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). I worked with some of the best in laser physics (quantum electronics) for fiber optic communication. Really fun stuff. You’re blog looks interesting. I’ll add it to my feeds.

    Right now, wireless is all the rage in the US and fiber is considered secondary when considered at all. However, there are some fundamental physical limitations of wireless that will begin to be felt in the following year or two. It is quite easy to set up a fancy demo with impressive wireless speeds, but that situation will change drastically as we get hundreds to thousands of users all trying to access broadband wireless at the same time.

    Unfortunately, I think excitement for fiber in the US will only come once the reality of wireless capabilities becomes apparently. That has a way to run still. It will be many years before the US catches on to fiber.


    July 16, 2008 at 8:12 am

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