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5G will help cellular eat at fiber’s gigabit, WiFi on just 1%

Last week’s Cable Congress saw many cable operators bragging about gigabit speeds and paving the way to full duplex DOCSIS (10Gbps symmetrical). But new research shows that some 354m people now have access to gigabit Internet speeds, that’s 5% of the population. But then consider that 49% of the world still has no internet access whatsoever, and the reality looks severely less impressive. It should be highlighted that this is calculated based on availability of gigabit Internet – not on the number of live gigabit connections – which is slightly misleading in itself. One of the most interesting findings from the Gigabit Monitor study, published this week by US network measurement firm Viavi, shows that cellular technology has nibbled away…

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