Home Broadband speeds are expected to reach 50 Gbps by 2030
Business broadband is expected to reach 1.6-3.2 Tbps speeds
Published: 29th October 2022 | Source: ISP Review |
The World Broadband Association predicts 50 Gbps home broadband by 2030
Home broadband speeds are expected to reach speeds of up to 50 Gbps in 2030, that's the latest prediction from the World Broadband Association (WBBA), who recently released a white paper that details what they believe is the future of broadband internet.
While 50 Gbps broadband speeds are expected in 2030, the rollout of broadband packages with these speeds will vary significantly from nation to nation and region to region. Today, the world is transitioning to 5th generation fix broadband technologies (BB5), that offer residential speeds of 1Gbps and enterprise speeds of up to 100 Gbps. The next step for home broadband is B5.5, which promises home broadband speeds of 10 Gbps and 400-800 Gbps enterprise speeds, and by 2030, many regions will be moving to BB6 broadband.
With BB6 6th Generation fixed broadband technologies, residential speeds of up to 50 Gbps are predicted, and enterprise connections of 1.6-302 Gbps are expected. These networks are expected to offer users increased reliability and exceptionally low latencies. Beyond that, BB5.5 and BB6 networks are expected to be much more power efficient.
To take into account future network demands, the WBBA recommends that as the industry approaches 2030 and beyond, leading operators should be working toward networks that will be capable of this – residential speeds of up to 50Gbps and enterprise speeds of up to 3.2Tbps, providing fiber connectivity to individual sensors, being fully autonomous, having deterministic reliability with less than 1ms latency guaranteed, more energy efficiency per bit and very fast security breach detection and response (seconds),
Some UK companies have already started to offer 10-20 Gbps connection to home users through Fibre-to-the-Premises (FTTP) technology, and connections like this are expected to become more commonplace over the coming years.
Currently, it is questionable whether homes will need up to 50 Gbps home broadband connections in 2030. For many homes, 1 Gbps connections are already excessive, but as video streaming, game streaming, and other streaming technologies grow in popularity, users will desire higher quality content that will necessitate higher speed internet connections. On top of that, as working from home continues to grow in popularity, more and more home users will require fast upload and download speeds to move files and projects between co-workers.
The good news for citizens of the internet is that faster broadband technologies are coming, and the rate of innovation does not appear to be slowing down.
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