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Korea Shifting From DSL to FTTH
5.4 million DSL customers, 3.3 million FTTH customers
by Karl Bode 05:05PM Wednesday Feb 14 2007
The Korean Herald reports that KT, South Korea's largest ISP, says they're going to invest 1 trillion won ($1.06 billion) to connect every home with FTTH (for scale, Verizon says they're going to spend $23 billion on FiOS). "ADSL service will no longer be able to fit the heavy traffic of enormous content of the internet, especially when IPTV service is expected to be introduced this year," says a KT spokesperson. South Korea is seeing a drop in VDSL and ADSL customers (5.4 million from 6.5 million in a year) and a corresponding rise in FTTH connections (from 1.7 million to 3.3 million in the same period).

South Korea's cable operators are offering 100Mbps connections with pre-cert DOCSIS 3.0 gear. The South Korean government in 1995 decided to spend $1.5 billion to build a nationwide broadband network that any ISP could offer service on. As of now, 90% of South Koreans have connections of at least 3Mbps, with most paying less than $20 a month.

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The Kapil

Chicago, IL

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You Fools!

Those of you with arguments along the lines of ..."would result in higher taxes" "korea is much smaller than the US" and the like just do not get it.

The United States is at a turning point. You cannot compare it to anything else because no nation in the history of nations has ever been at this turning point. There is nothing to compare this to, consequently there is no way to predict the result based on extrapolation of past experiences.

Just a few decades ago, we put a man on the moon. Thing of the gravity of that....we put a human being on the god damn moon...using vacuum tubes!!!!! and analog technology.

How did we put a man on the moon? That was a time when hard work, fairness and social justice, working for a greater cause, national pride, education, science actually meant something.

We have been coasting on the goodwill of the previous generation. Today we have an America where nothing matters more than money and personal selfish interests. No one cares if we stop using foreign oil, as long as we have enough money in the bank to pay for our next tank. No one cares if our kids are failing Math and Science classes...as long as our kid can beg or steal a job. We don't care about universal Health Care as long as our employer gives us insurance.

No one goes to college for engineering. Go to UIC or UofI in Illinois...and native Americans are outnumbered by foreigners in math and science related majors by 10 to 1. And the natives you will find won't be white or black...more likely Indian or Chinese.

Large US corporations still "invent" the bulk of new technology...but where is Microsoft writing its code? Redmond or Bangalore? Where is Intel researching its newest chip? Who has better broadband penetration than the US? Cisco bought Linksys...where was Linksys developing its gear? Name 1 "corporate" website, like your bank, utility company etc....and I'll bet you it was coded overseas.

America has backed itself into a corner. The only weapon we have left is money...and even that is borrowed from foreigners.

Say what you will...but if you're defending where we have ended up as a nation, you need to take the blinders off...and even if we reverse course today, it is virtually guaranteed that our decline will continue unabated. It is already too late.


Arlington, VA

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Re: The US needs to get a clue....

Did you read the article? South Korea is small enough that about 1 billion dollars can upgrade the biggest ISP to FTTH. Verizon in the United States, on the other hand, is investing 23 billion in FIOS.

At some point, you need to realize that the United States is much, much bigger country, and a mass deployment of fiber is more expensive (and complicated, since one ISP isn't going to provide access to the entire country).

We'll get there, but it won't be overnight.

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La Grange, IL

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What's wrong with this picture?

"The South Korean government in 1995 decided to spend $1.5 billion to build a nationwide broadband network that any ISP could offer service on."


In the late 90's, our government was obsessed with a dress stain.
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