Can Major Metro Areas Expect 100 Mbps internet soon?

The major players in the internet and broadband market could be offering 100 Mbps download and upload speeds in the near future depending on the competition level from outsiders.  Providers trying to enter new markets would be the main driver for these speeds as evidenced by Google Fiber in its bid to outperform Time Warner in certain areas of the country.  

Even if Google Fiber doesn’t enter a particular area of the country to compete with another fiber optic or cable provider the general public may begin to demand more from their ISP causing a ripple effect in expectations from consumers to occur. 

Which ISP Will Provide it?


There is no doubt that since currently the national average internet speed is about 10 Mbps (Megabits per second) having an option for ten times faster would be well favored in the market.  Knowing that mobile broadband speeds and network capacity are increasing every day companies know that they must prove to the consumer that there is a need for a high speed wired connection and the difference in speed from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps is an obvious win on that front.  While companies like Clear (Clearwire) have decided to offer WiMax internet that reaches customers wirelessly through their 4G broadband network, Companies like Time Warner, Comcast, and others have invested such large dollars into infrastructure there is no way they will let the internet market be cornered because they wouldn’t up their own internet speeds. 

Increasing speeds is not out of reach for Comcast, AT&T, or others since the capability is there, they will just have to decide to decrease profit margins from currently over 90% to some lesser figure by opening up the services at cheaper costs and planning for increased user counts on its networks.  With companies like Verizon touting its FiOS network of fiber optic cable in certain metro areas and companies like Comcast beginning to roll out its X1 platform, the possibility is definitely there for the consumer base to see a war over who can offer 100 Mbps internet speed first.


Are Rural Areas likely to see increased internet speeds?

A decision will need to be made by ISP’s as to whether they will decide to provide increased internet speeds to rural areas by installing mobile broadband networks in a similar fashion to how cell phone companies reached most areas or will there be enough profit and opportunity for companies to justify installing cables and infrastructure or fiber optic networks in such areas?  The more likely decision will be that companies will invest in better mobile broadband technology for example LTE, which can reach speeds of 100 Mbps.  LTE technology has the capability to reach those speeds, however it is not common to see networks average that in typical performance tests.  Low cost carriers like Metro PCS who provided the first LTE network back in 2010 have opted for lower cost by providing narrower channels of availability on their LTE network to save costs rather than increase speeds. 

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