The United States ranked number 21 in a worldwide broadband speed test, behind nations such as Estonia, Romania and Macau.
In the test, conducted by Cable.co.uk, Singapore, Sweden and Taiwan took the top three spots. The ranking of 189 countries found Burkina Faso, Gabon and Yemen at the lowest end of the speed spectrum.
The US had an average speed of 20 Mbit/s, according to the report, which analyzed data collected by M-Lab, a partnership between New America's Open Technology Institute, Princeton University's PlanetLab and Google Open Source Research. It takes an average of more than 51 minutes to download a 7.5GB movie, the report determined.
For the US, M-Lab used more than 9 million distinct IP addresses and more than 45 million tests. By the end of the first quarter of 2017, there were 93.9 million fixed broadband subscribers in the US, according to Statista.
A growing array of diverse services geared toward wider user bases, predictive analytics and automation add up to more pressure on service providers to ensure their networks are secure – and greater chances to sell security services to enterprise and residential customers.
Heavy Reading Principal Analyst for Wireless Data Services & LTE Gabriel Brown and Ryan McCowan, who heads up Fiber Access & Aggregation at ADTRAN, will host a webinar on 'Addressing the 5G Densification Challenge with Next-Generation PON.'
5G promises connectivity 10 to 100 times faster than 4G networks, with latencies less than 1msec, making real-time applications such as tactile Internet useable over mobile networks for the first time. However, mobile operators will need to deploy ten times as many radio sites, each with highly reliable plug-and-go multi-gigabit connections, to achieve that level of performance.
In this UBB2020 webinar, Heavy Reading's Gabriel Brown and ADTRAN's Ryan McCowan will:
Discuss 5G densification strategies and their network impact
Outline the different requirements for backhaul and fronthaul needed to support 5G densification strategies
Explore next-generation PON-fixed access technologies and software defined networking principles as emerging solutions to accelerate 5G densification
Outline how NG-PON2, the next-generation multi-gigabit fiber technology, supports the x-haul (fronthaul, backhaul and crosshaul applications) requirements of 5G
NG-PON2 broadband access technology is already in trials with multiple major network operators but is it too early for the commercial deployment of this next generation ultra-broadband technology? In this UBB2020 live radio show, ADTRAN's Kurt Raaflaub provides an update on NG-PON2 developments and chats to Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre about how this technology could play a role in production access networks in 2017.