Koreas Super Fast 1Gbps Broadband Proposal

In early 2009 the Korean Communications Commission announced plans to establish a 1gbps broadband network by 2012 as well as a 10Mbps mobile broadband network. Most Koreans already have access to a super fast 100Mbps fibre optic network that is as fast as the network proposed by the Australian Governments National Broadband Network to be constructed over the next 8 years. 

The densely populated Korean Peninsula has a high number of broadband users in a relatively small area, allowing such fast networks to be built for a relatively low cost.  Considering the relative size of Korea and Australia it is easy to see why the construction of such a fast broadband network that could cover the entire Australian population is a difficult task.

Broadband is gaining popularity in Australia with the introduction of cheap ADSL, ADSL2+ Cable and mobile broadband plans from an increasingly competitive number of broadband providers. Demand for Mobile Broadband alone has soared with over 1.4 million subscribers at the beginning of 2009. However it is unlikely Australia will have anything close to the super fast network proposed by Korea for some time due to the relative cost of providing such high speeds over such a vast area. A lower population means the $23.6 billion investment by the Korean Government would not go anywhere near as far in the building of a fast Australian broadband network. For example the Australian government National Broadband Network will replace copper line with fibre optic cabling to provide 100Mbps broadband speeds to Australian home and businesses. This will cost the government $43 billion over 8 years.

Because of the vast land mass in Australia most mobile broadband providers concentrate their broadband networks around metropolitan centres to remain cost effective. The roll of out ADSL2+ infrastructure is one example of this cost limitation. While many providers such as TPG and Exetel have a wide roll out of ADSl2+ infrastructure, there are still large areas of the Australian population who do not have access to ADSL2+. As their networks gain popularity, Australian Broadband providers will extend their coverage as they invest more money in infrastructure. This will result in steady increase in speed and coverage of fast broadband plans available in Australia.
The National Broadband Network promises speeds up to 100mbps in Australia and will certainly revolutionise the broadband market in Australia. Unfortunately 1gbps speeds proposed in Korea are a long way for Australian broadband users.

The Korean The closest mobile broadband network to the 10Mbps speeds proposed by the Korean government is Telstra Next G network that already covers 99% of the Australian population with speeds up to 3000kbos, depending on location. Telstra also has plans to increase the speed of its Next G network to over 5000kbps in metropolitan centres to remain completive with other mobile broadband networks that offer cheap, fast mobile broadband services.
You can compare mobile broadband plans from Australian broadband providers like 3, Exetel, Bigpond, Optus, Vodafone, Dodo and iPrimus at Compare Broadband. Don’t forget to check the coverage in your area before signing up to a mobile broadband plan.