Before understanding the gigabit internet, it is necessary to understand how the speed of the broadband internet connection is measured. Generally the speed of the internet connection is measured in Megabits per second or Mbps. Based on the speed, the internet network can be classified under any one of the categories below:

  • 1 Mbps – Slow
  • 1 Mbps – 10 Mbps – Medium
  • 10 and 50 Mbps – Fast
  • 50 and 100 Mbps – Super fast
  • 100 Mbps – Ultra fast

What is Gigabit Internet?

Gigabit Internet is the advanced broadband connection where the speed is measured in Gigabits per second or Gbps. 1 Gbps is equivalent to 1000 Mbps. Gigabit Internet connection makes use of the fiber optic cables for transmission and reception. Nowadays. most households use an internet connection of at least 10 Mbps. So the Gigabit Internet is 100 times faster than the current speed. Gigabit Internet will be more beneficial for small as well as big companies where more devices share the same internet network.

Pros and Cons:

  • Pros:
  • As the speed is high, multiple devices can share the same internet connection without compromising on the quality of the connection. It can withstand more loads.
  • Downloading and uploading speed will increase to a great extent. For example, using a 10 Mbps connection will take at least 30 minutes to download a full movie, whereas a 1 Gbps connection will download the movie in seconds.
  • Live streaming of the videos will be fast without any interruptions. Users can watch live sports or any events continuously with excellent quality.
  • Cons:
  • Gigabit Internet is more costlier than the existing Mbps connection.

Who are the providers ?

Currently, it is available and popular only in certain countries like USA. Companies like Verizon, AT & T, Cox communications, Google , Comcast, Century link etc provide this service.