During the dot-com boom of the 1990s and up to 2001 the word on the street was that by now we would be enjoying the information superhighway. This was to be a single, high-speed pipe connecting every office, hospital, school and home. As I recall it was a certain US Vice President (Al Gore) who coined and supported the vision of the superhighway that would provide radio, TV, telephone, internet and just everything, past, present and future that entailed a digital network.
So where is it? Where is that high-speed optical fibre to every home and office? The answer seems to be: in South Korea and Japan, where 10Mbps is seen as pedestrian, 45Mbps the norm and 100Mbps the minimum future expectation - and all at a price of just $37 a month. And we
Peter Cochrane is an engineer, scientist, entrepreneur, futurist and consultant. He is the former CTO and head of research at BT, with a career in telecoms and IT spanning more than 40 years.