South Korea for many years now has held the title for having world’s fastest average Internet speed. Somehow South Korean internet has gotten even better. Already known for its high-speed service, They have just announced speeds of 2.5 gigabits per second. The company estimates that three users would be able to download a 90-minute HD movie in three minutes.
The country is using what’s known as a Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) to get these blazing speeds. GPON technology uses what’s known as a “point-to-multipoint architecture,” in which a single optical fiber is used with multiple unpowered fiber splitters.
The South Korean government has for decades made faster internet speeds a priority, and the country’s conglomerates have followed suit. The rest of the world is still a long way from catching up to South Korea in terms of internet accessibility, reliability, and speed.
South Korea’s speed is four times faster than the world average. This is because government initiated the Korean Information Infrastructure project—a 10-year plan that began with laying basic internet infrastructure between government buildings and subsequently rolled out country-wide broadband by 1998. By the year 2000,The country had connected nearly 20 million of its 45 million citizens.
The population density helps too, the high amount of Koreans living in urban-area apartments, The reduced distance dramatically reduces the cost of and simplifies development of network.
Fibre optic connections are not cheap to build and DSL has steep performance loss over distances however in South Korea physical gaps are barely an issue.
Today, the South Korean private sector is conducting some of the most cutting-edge technological Research & Development in the world. Firms like Samsung are internationally known for their products. Their proactive yet hands-off stance taken by the government towards its country’s industry encourages innovation and competitions, henceresulting in the uniquely Korean culture of cooperation between private and public sectors,