Viavi Solutions' updated version of Gigabit Monitor has revealed that 219 million people globally now have gigabit internet available to them, equating to roughly 3 per cent of the global population. There are currently 603 gigabit internet implementations, a jump of 72 per cent since June 2016.
The Gigabit Monitor is a web-based tool to showcase the state-of-play of gigabit internet provision across the world, based on publicly available data. This database is updated regularly, based on deployment announcements and feedback from users.
The analysis shows that the United States has the highest number of people with access to gigabit internet (56.4 million) with a population coverage of 17 per cent.Singapore currently has the highest proportion of citizens with gigabit internet availability at 95 per cent. South Korea has the second highest number of citizens with gigabit internet availability (46.7 million), representing 93 per cent of its population.
Of the current gigabit installations tracked by Gigabit Monitor, 91 per cent are based on fibre, with cellular connections accounting for 3.65 per cent, HFC accounting for 5.26 per cent, and WiFi making up less than 1 per cent.
“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,” said Sameh Yamany, CTO, Viavi Solutions. “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.”