In April, the Gigabit Ethernet standard was announced by the Open Compute Project (OCP), a nonprofit group founded in 2006 to bring faster and more reliable internet to the developing world.
The new standard aims to give internet service providers a much-needed edge in delivering connectivity to remote areas, and to boost Internet of Things (IoT) devices and cloud computing applications.
The OCP aims to provide 100Mbps broadband connections across the country in most regions in Africa, India, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
“With Gigabit connectivity, our customers can connect and share information, access remote office resources, and even work remotely,” said OCP Vice President for Internet and Smart Home Chris McQuay.
But what exactly does this mean for you?
Gigabit networks aren’t a standard part of the new standard, but they are widely available.
For instance, Comcast recently announced plans to build an 800Mbps network that would connect to customers in 50 countries.
While there are many different kinds of Gigabit Internet, the OCP says that “Gigabeats will have a Gigabit capacity of 100Mbps” in a wide range of applications, including: office environments, cloud computing, and consumer devices.
As the new Gigabit standard evolves, it also opens up new avenues for companies to deploy Gigabit technology.
In March, Comcast announced plans for a new Gigabyte broadband network that will connect customers in 55 countries, including India, China, and South Africa.
Google also announced plans earlier this year to build gigabit networks in 50 cities around the world.
One of the biggest hurdles to Gigabit speeds is getting internet service through your local network.
With the introduction of the gigabit standard, internet service is now more widely available, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.
If you’re looking for ways to get the fastest possible internet speeds, check out these tips for getting the most out of your local gigabit network.