Monday, January 19, 2009

The fastest f**king internet in the world = true

I don't get letters from BMW or Maserati dealers. But if I did, and they offer the latest model with, say, 350 horsepower, or even 500 horsepower, I would say, yeah, cool. But if I got a brochure saying that my next BMW would have two F-16 fighter jet engines welded to the roof allowing the vehicle to do Mach 2 or more (before disintegrating ?), I would ask what are they smoking? Car sales have fallen so badly that I don't exclude the use of hallucinogens to pass the time down at the dealership any more...
I had similar thoughts when I heard some Lattelecom honchos talk about 10 gigabit (yes GIGA) internet connections. Surely, they are talking about the carrier grade line that will link to their various fiber to the home (FTTH) projects (one such line could sustain around 100 connections delivering 100 Mbps). But it was unclear what they meant. Even when the news services picked up the story as claiming 10 Gbps to the end user, I thought, WTF? Someone has been misunderstood. And then I saw it in a press release on the Lattelecom website. Latvians love pickled mushrooms, and maybe the wrong kind got picked, pickled and put on a table at some press office after-work party (Latvians love to celebrate name days, etc. at the office). So I called and double-checked.
Yes, Lattelecom does intend to build the capability to deliver 10 Gbps to end users. The technology exists and is being implemented. I think this will be a service mainly oriented toward corporate users. I can't imagine any home having the kind of supercomputing capability needed to actually deal with 10 Gbps of anything (maybe wire together a couple of Playstation 3 with their Cell processors?). But for the record, if this gets built, Latvia will have the fastest internet on the planet. F**king A!

5 comments:

FAC said...

Sounds like they're about to leverage a proprietary version of 10GE-PON. Althernatively, might they may be reverting to some older forms of CSMA-CD, perhaps? In any case, I'd be interested in learning how they plan to recover the costs associated with 10G optics.

Juris Kaža said...

FAC,
I thought I had misheard CEO Juris Gulbis in my video interview (in Latvian) when he talked about 10 Gnps and I may even have edited that out on my www.nozare.lv videoblog post.
I think 10 Gbps will be a premium service to businesses and high-end homes. 10GE-PON isn't quite a finished standard, is it?

Sammael99 said...

Very interesting post. Thanks for that. Juris, I must be dumb, but I can't seem to find an RSS feed for your blog (the feedburner logo links back to feedburner directly...)

otto said...

i think there would be 10G optics fiber that connects this PON network to Lattelecom network core... second there where available last year fiber optic PON network in some area in Riga but project for now is stop'd and will be back again as open access network where you can access to several ISP or other new services such as IPTV or VOD etc.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=open+access&btnG=Search&lr=lang_lv

Java said...

Yes! realy?