Gigabit internet implementations have jumped 72 percent since June 2016, with more than 219 million people around the world accessing a gigabit internet service, according to research from network service and performance company Viavi Solutions.
Vivai’s Gigabit Monitor is a regularly updated visual database meant to represent the state of gigabit availability around the world. It includes a leader board for the 41 countries with gigabit internet services, which shows the U.S. has the most consumers with availability, with over 56 million. This represents only 17 percent of the country’s population, in contrast with Canada, where gigabit internet is available to 38 percent of the population, and in stark contrast with Singapore, South Korea, and Moldova, in which 93, 93 and 90 percent of citizens, respectively, can access gigabit internet service. Just over 3 percent of people globally have gigabit internet available.
“2016 was a turning point for gigabit connectivity, as many cities around the world reached the point whereby gigabit internet was available to most of its residents,” Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, Viavi Solutions said in a statement. “Yet the gigabit revolution shows no signs of cooling down in 2017. As bandwidth increases, so does consumer appetite for it. Likewise new business models have been quick to take advantage of new bandwidth, as we’ve seen with streaming video and audio in the recent past – and which we believe will continue in the near future with VR, AR and the Internet of Things.”
Fiber-based installations make up 91 percent of gigabit connections, according to the Gigabit Monitor, while cellular connections account for just over 3.5 percent, HFC accounts for just over 5 percent, and WiFi makes up less than 1 percent. Separate research by Viavi shows that 12 of 25 mobile operators testing 5G have progressed to field trials, and many launches of gigabit LTE and 5G are expected in the near future.
Google was reported to pause its gigabit service launches in California in August to consider “going aerial.”