Japan just got 2 Gbps Internet, twice the speed of Google Fiber and it’s cheaper too


Forget Google Fiber! Japanese internet-provider So-net, which is backed by Son, has just begun offering what might be the best deal on internet plans ever. The Sony-owned company is now providing subscribers with 2Gbps download speeds and 1Gbps upload speeds for a mere $50 a month. I know, it’s sounds a little crazy — but this is happening.

The service does require a whopping $537 of an installation fee and a minimum of 2 years on contract but come on, what’s $537 when you get what is quite possibly the best deal for internet on the planet? I’d be a subscriber for more than 2 years, that’s for sure.

The interesting thing here is that you’re bottleneck will most likely be your computer and wireless router. Even if you wire the connection, your computer will only be able to utilize one gigabit, not two. Connect through wireless, and we’re talking significantly poorer numbers. But the upside to this is, multiple users in one household would still have a pool of 2Gbps available to them. And as far as I know, that’s not really found anywhere else at this kind of price.

Residents of Tokyo and six surround districts will be able to take advantage of these connections. So if you’re lusting for an internet connection that’s faster (and cheaper) than even the mighty Google provides, better head on over to the land of the rising sun.

[via So-netThe Verge, image via Amio Cajander]

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  • AFPhy6

    [@Seamus McSeamus]

    I’m glad you mentioned Godzilla! I may have already left otherwise. Now I am at least considering whether to get myself there. That said, this is really a remarkable speed. Hard to believe that we now have the technology for DVD-length downloads in well under a minute.

  • Harrkev

    It is also based on population density. Smaller houses and smaller apartments there mean shorter cable runs, and more customers within reach of the box. I live in the country (I have five acres, chickens, and a donkey). On a good day I get 4.5 Gbps. I am just too far from the DSLAM to get faster speeds, and there is not enough profit to install another DSLAM for so few houses.

  • Enrique

    [@Ashraf] 2Gbps Internet, anime and video game mecha, amazing food versus Earthquakes, tsunamis and Godzilla. It’s hard, I’ll admit! Haha.

  • Ashraf

    [@Seamus McSeamus] At least with 2 Gbps connection you can live-stream the stomping without issues.

    [@Enrique] And tsunamis. Now that I think about it, Japan sucks LOL.

  • Ashraf

    [@Enrique] Those special beam cannons. Gundam Wing = one of the best shows I’ve ever watched. As a kid of course. I wouldn’t watch cartoons as a grownup, duh.

  • Enrique

    [@Seamus McSeamus] Oh god, how could I forget about Godzilla!!! But in that case then they’ll have Gundams to protect us so I guess it should still be fine :p

  • Seamus McSeamus


    Don’t forget Godzilla… 2 gbps internet or not, I don’t want to risk being trampled to death by some giant mutated lizard.

  • Enrique

    [@Ashraf] That, and the frickin earthquakes!

  • Ashraf

    Sometimes I wish I lived in Japan. Then I remind myself they are dangerously close to psychos in North Korea.