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America leader in gigabit internet network development

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Communications service providers worldwide are accelerating efforts to deliver gigabit internet — network speed that is 159 times faster than the global average of 6.3 Mbps.

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This would enable consumers to download an HD movie in less than five seconds. This is according to data from the newly-released Gigabit Monitor, a visual database referencing current and planned gigabit deployments around the world, from Viavi Solutions.

There are now at least 350 live gigabit deployments globally, with a further 164 announced or under construction, across wireline and wireless technologies.

North America has the largest share of announced gigabit deployments, with 61 percent. Europe is second with 24 percent. Asia, Australasia, Middle East, Africa and South America share the remaining 15 percent of deployments.

The pace of gigabit deployments has accelerated sharply. Over 70 percent of the live gigabit deployments tracked have been launched since the start of 2015.

85 percent of currently known gigabit deployments are based on optical fiber connectivity. 11 percent are based on Hybrid-fiber coax (HFC), a broadband technology that combines optical fiber and coaxial cable, commonly employed by cable providers.

Nearly 3 percent of known gigabit deployments are based on LTE-A, a modified version of LTE which is gigabit-capable.

37 wireless carriers have announced plans for 5G networks. Five of them plan to have 5G networks built as early as 2017.


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