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Japan launches new 2Gbps internet service

Japan launches new 2Gbps internet service
Charles Chong

Google, schmoogle.  While every geek in the world wants a piece of the 1Gbps internet speeds provided by Google Fiber, Nuro, a Japanese home internet provider, recently launched a new 2Gbps internet service.

This new network was created with the help of Sony and features a 2Gbps down speed and 1Gbps up speed without breaking your bank account.  With a two year service contract, subscribers pay a 52,500 yen (US$534 as of April 17) installation fee and 4,980 yen (US$51) per month.  The installation fee includes an optical network unit that has three gigabit Ethernet ports and a wireless radio with speeds up to 450Mbps.

With Sony going out all in the 4K TV business with the recent release of smaller (and less expensive) 4K TVs as well as OLED 4K TVs, this new 2Gbps service will work very nicely for streaming 4K content – which may very well be a part of Sony’s strategy.

In any case, for those currently living in Japan, this service is only available in Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Tokyo, Kanagawa, and Saitama.

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