South Korea working on giving homes super speedy internet

Britain should take a leaf out of South Korea’s book.

The country may already take the award for the world’s fastest internet connections but that’s not enough to have it resting on its laurels.

It wants to go one step further and give every home in the country a connection of one gigabit per second by the end of 2012. If it’s successful then this will mean the coverage will get one over on the US, at a rate of 20 times.

The South Korean government is already setting the wheels in motion with a pilot scheme already taking place with 5000 in five households. The cost for this trial sets back residents around $27 (30,000 won) a month and will also boost wireless broadband services tenfold.

The project is the brain child of engineer Choi Gwang-gi, 28, who wanted to push ahead with the project as he believes it will help equip people with the technology to make the most of upcoming technology such as 3D TV, IP TV and high def multimedia. There’s also the allowance for technology still in the pipeline such as cloud computing.

According to the New York Times, Japan already has a gigabit service, while Australia wants to have a service in place by 2018.  However for the honour in Japan people have to shell out a huge $70 a month, something Mr Gwang-gi says is unlikely to happen in South Korea.

And it also seems that there will be minimal disruption to get this service going. Although DSL lines will have to be replaced, the fibre-optic lines needed for this high speed technology are already widely used.