Friday, July 01, 2011

To do 240 km/hr on the highway - that's why we need a gigabit

Some people try to calculate the need for bandwidth per household and arrive at 32 Mb/s, discounting x users and y connected devices. They claim that more makes no sense, because the human eye isn't even capable of digesting more information.

Pathetic.

Here's a nice analogy, drawn from the recently widened and renovated A2 highway, running all the way from Amsterdam to Maastricht and beyond. After a heist of a Brink's money storage facility near Amsterdam, the robbers were able to escape to Eindhoven and subsequently disappear altogher. According to media reports, they had been doing 240 km/hr on the A2.

We may not need to speed that much all the time, but sometimes it's nice. And that's why we need gigabit networks!

5 comments:

Benoit F. said...

So you're saying that gigabit usage will be only for criminal activities ?

Incidentally we have a report out soon that shows that *need* may indeed be close to 30Mb/s. The question is what is our tolerance to not meeting that need. Usage is constrained, need shouldn't be...

Tim Poulus said...

I think it's called tongue-in-cheek.

Tim Poulus said...

PS: what a thrill, a heist ...

Tim Poulus said...

Seriously: here's a great view on piracy:
http://telcommunicator.blogspot.com/2011/06/ericsson-file-sharing-is-symptom-of.html

FibreGuy said...

Quality post Tim :)