Japan telco to roll out 1Gbps fibre optic service

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KDDI Corp in Japan will launch a fibre-optic communications service, allowing users to download and upload with speeds up to one gigabit per second (1Gbps) starting October 1.

The new service is expected to target people living in single-family homes and low-rise apartment buildings, and be one of the fastest speeds in eastern Japan, up from the current 100 megabits per second (100Mbps). This comes as KDDI is aiming to catch up with Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp., which has over 70 percent of the broadband service in single-family homes.

It will charge 5,895 yen in basic monthly fees for internet and telephone services, 1,155 yen down from the current price, if the user signs up for a two year contract. The service, which is already available in six prefectures in the Kanto region and the nearby Yamanashi Prefecture, will be offered in four cities in the northern prefecture of Hokkaido.

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