On August 17, 2007, Japanese communications minister Yoshihide Suga said that Japan will start research and development on technology to replace the Internet using a new generation of network by 2020.
Speaking to reporters in Brazil, where he is visiting, Suga said an organization will be set up as early as this fall with cooperation from businesses, academia, and government offices for promotion the technology when the Internet is seen to be faced with increasing constraints in achieving higher throughputs of data as well as ensuring data security.
The envisaged network is expected to ensure faster and more reliable data transmission and have more resilience against computer virus attacks and breakdowns.
Essentially, the minister is hoping that Japan will be right on the cutting edge in post-Internet technologies, defining global standards.
As Japan pushes the envelope, Japanese companies hope to achieve competitiveness in the global market for both hardware and software of this technology.
The cutting-edge network that Japan is seeking is nothing new, though superseding the Internet is certainly more ambitious than most. In Singapore, we have island-wide wireless already implemented, as well as plans to implement a next-generation network supporting up to 1Gbps straight to 95% of homes by 2012.
It appears that the Governor of Ohio is also expanding the availability of high-speed Internet there. Additionally, Hong Kong, Seoul, and some cities in China have huge ambitious broadband plans in the pipeline.How does Japan's plan compare with the strategies of the respective nation and/or state where you live, with regards to the race for faster and more pervasive connectivity?
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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.