Backed by Sony, So-net is offering its fiber-based services dubbed ‘Nuro’ starting Monday for residential as well as small business use in and around Tokyo. The service is quite reasonably charged as it only costs ¥4,980 or approximately $51 US per month if taken on a two-year contract. Users will get upload speeds of 1Gbps. The ISP is using Gigabit-capable Passive Optics Networks (GPON) standard to provide the 2Gbps service, which can scale up to 2.488 Gbps notes So-net in a press release.

The 2Gbps service will come with an ONU (optical network unit) that is deigned to convert fiber to broadband internet. Even though the service may be provided 2Gbps of Internet speeds, chances are individual users will not be able to actually experience those speeds as their systems wouldn’t have the required interface cards that support such speeds. Businesses however may be able to get the 2Gbps link terminated on their Giga-bit switches or routers and experience blazing fast internet connectivity.

Japan ranks second when it comes to number of households connected to the Internet through fiber connections – nearly 25 per cent. UAE tops the charts with a whopping 70 per cent of households covered through Fibre to the Home (FTTH). Much of the population in all the major cities live in tightly packet apartments which facilitate ISPs to roll out FTTH services without much efforts. Services that provide 1Gbps connectivity are a common occurrence in Japan.