Gigabit Internet Expands Its Reach To 354 Million People Globally

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In a progressive step towards strengthening test deployments across the globe, gigabit internet availability increases with fibre connections playing a major role

In a research conducted by VIAVI Solutions, a global provider of network test and monitoring solutions to several communications service providers, enterprises and government, gigabit internet is now available to an estimated 354 million people across 51 countries, that is five percent of the global population, or one in twenty persons.

US in the lead

The study states that the United States has the maximum gigabit internet connections, with services available to 68.5 million people. In second place is China with gigabit internet services available to 61.5 million people. It is to be noted here that this accounts for just 4.5 percent of the country’s huge population.

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Following the U.S. and China are South Korea with gigabit access for 46.9 million, Spain with 30.1 million and Canada with 15.9 million.

Despite being ranked eight, Singapore takes the lead with 95 percent when it comes to percentage of population with gigabit availability.

Long way to go

While one in twenty shows significant progress in having access to gigabit internet, an estimated 50 percent of the global population is still living without any form of internet access. A gradual slowdown has been observed since last year with only two new gigabit countries, namely Bahrain and Malaysia joining the top 50 gigabit internet countries this year.

As gigabit-capable 5G networks have become more widespread across the world, cellular technology’s share of gigabit internet provision has increased with a corresponding decrese in fibre’s share. This trend is expected to continue in the coming years as well. Nevertheless, fibre continues to remains the backhaul infrastructure of choice for most cellular, cable and telecom networks, making it a critical component for the majority of gigabit internet providers.

“Not surprisingly, we are seeing a gradual shift away from wired gigabit internet provision toward wireless technologies. As commercial 5G networks are rolled out in greater numbers, the pace of this transition will escalate radically and soon reach a tipping point,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, VIAVI. “Yet even with the global rise of 5G networks, the importance of testing and troubleshooting fiber will remain paramount as mobile operators deploy more and more fiber-based network infrastructure.”

About the Gigabit Monitor

The Gigabit Monitor is a web-based tool that presents the current state of gigabit internet availability across the world. It displays dynamically updated infographics for each country’s gigabit internet profile, which includes estimated population coverage, global ranking, gigabit launches over time and a listing of local gigabit providers.

An infographic summarising the key figures can be downloaded here and the live data can be accessed on the Gigabit Monitor site.


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