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Topic # 85125 14-Jun-2011 10:17 Send private message

http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/13/sonic-net-starts-trial-of-1gbps-fiber-to-the-home-internet-in-ca/

You'll be forgiven for not being intimately familiar with Californian ISP Sonic.net, though we get the feeling you'll also wish it operated a little closer to your abode by the time you've finished reading this. You see, Sonic has always dabbled in the business of high-speed, low-price internet connectivity, and now it's going for the jugular with a new fiber-to-the-home service, which costs just $69.95 a month, reaches speeds up to 1Gbps, and bundles in two phone lines and unlimited long distance calling. Just for reference, Comcast's "Extreme" 105Mbps connection costs $105 a pop when taken as part of a bundle, whereas Sonic's budget menu option will net you a 100Mbps line for $39.95 (plus a phone line with unlimited calls). Understandably, Sonic's grand plan is starting out small, with a trial in Sebastopol spanning 700 households, but provided the company doesn't go bust by giving people so much for so little, expansion to bigger cities will follow, with San Francisco and Santa Rosa being the prime candidates. And just in case you're questioning Sonic's credentials, Google's chosen the ISP to manage its gigabit fiber network at Stanford University, and who knows ultrafast broadband better than Google?


Wow, this proves how far NZ is behind with the internet compared to other parts of the world, gee, your lucky to get 40GB of slow BB a month here for $70US




 

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  Reply # 480985 14-Jun-2011 13:42 Send private message

lol u r in nz u gotta live with 40GB capped adsl for rest of your life
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  Reply # 481162 14-Jun-2011 19:43 Send private message

NZ is a bit further away from alot of the worldwide content. Hope we get more local content eventually but there is a critical mass where small data centres are difficult to make as efficient as the huge ones possible overseas.




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  Reply # 481366 15-Jun-2011 10:54 Send private message

If this were a case of this service is active up and  making a profit for the company then yes NZ would be behind. (ignoring all the valid points about the diiference between US and NZ)
I don't think it is accurate to say NZ is behind a fibre trial by a big company. Telecom and TelstraClear have both trialed fibre to the door proposals years ago. They just failed.

Call me a skeptic but another company press release about how they are going to reshape the face of the internet world? I think I will reserve judgement for when I see results.

I do like the quote found at maximumpc. According to Dane Jasper, Sonic.net's CEO, "Honestly, only as those wrap up will we have a complete picture of the economic model". "But I believe that fast service for a low cost is possible."

The quote refers to making decisions based on the trial not that it is a forgone conclusion.




Please note: I have a professional bias towards Vodafone.

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  Reply # 481383 15-Jun-2011 11:08 Send private message

I feel that NZ can provide this capability also, and nationally. But the age old difference between the US and here, is not the population, but that the vast majority of their internet is national. Ours is international, thereby adding in the cost of international data to us and Australia.

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  Reply # 481389 15-Jun-2011 11:12 Send private message

You folks write as if every household in the US would benefit of 1 Gbps fiber connection. You forget that fiber is not widespread there yet, these guys are running a trial, and broadband in the US is actually bad - European countries have a much better broadband experience these days.

As for the trial itself, if these guys run a trial in San Francisco for example, I'd bet almost 80% of the traffic would be to... San Francisco or around it, where most companies have huge datacentres already.





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