TODAY, Digital Life talks about the Next Generation National Broadband Network (NGNBN) and all the wonderful applications make possible. Bandwidth at 1Gbps = 10 faster what we had now. It means we can download a movie in minutes (yah right, as if you can download anywhere without restriction, see if you would ganna fined) and see doctor via webcam and view X-Rays right on your home PC.
Right now, Singapore Telcoms are using high speed technologies using a phone line or a cable point, future Broadband 2.0 will turn to fibre-optic cables. Using light instead of electrical pulses to transmit data, fibre optics can offer almost infinite speed boosts.
Quoted from Digital Life:
HKBN chairman Ricky Wong, a veteran of the fierce Hong Kong market, said: 'If you use the technology from incumbents, you are using the same technology that has been around for the past 20 years.'
Facing a fight on home ground, Singapore's incumbent telcos are not sitting idle either. SingTel also has plans to wire up homes with fibre-optic cables, but is waiting to see how the government tender turns out. StarHub, meanwhile, has said its current cable modem technology can be upgraded to offer 1Gbps in future.
But while plans for the cyber-highway are in the works, few people know for sure what the high speeds will be used for. In Hong Kong, peer-to-peer downloads of movies and songs are filling up the data pipes on HKBN's speedy service. In Japan, telcos like NTT have signed up heavy Internet users, like gamers wanting to be a split-second faster than opponents in a hack-and-slash game.
The telecoms giant is also developing a commercial fibre-optic network that will let Japan's small-town doctors send cell slides, X-rays and other medical data to city hospitals, according to a New York Times report this month.
But in Singapore, the old issue of content - or the lack of it - still lingers over its ambitious next-gen broadband project. Without a large market to attract content players like YouTube and Blizzard - the creator of the popular World of Warcraft game - here, will Singapore users continue surfing overseas, bypassing the super-fast highway here?
This is possible, say experts. But they add that Broadband 2.0 will bring changes that will ultimately benefit Singapore. For example, the Republic will keep pace with economic rivals like Hong Kong, in its bid to be the region's financial centre.
Mr Foong King Yew, a research director at consultancy firm Gartner, said that the new network will also force telcos to offer better services, like pay-TV, instead of competing on speeds alone. The killer app may be e-learning, peer-to-peer downloads or remote medicine, he suggested, adding that that these will not even begin to fill the enormous capacity the network is capable of."
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