Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network

What Does Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network Mean?

The Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network (NGNBN) is an ultra-high-speed broadband network run on fiber optics. It is vastly superior in speed and allows for much higher bandwidth capabilities when compared to widespread broadband networks such as cable and DSL/ADSL.


Other countries, particularly Japan and South Korea, have governments that fully support the construction of fiber optic infrastructures for broadband access. As a result, these countries lead the world in NGNBN technology and implementation. In the U.S., Verizon is supporting these fiber networks and building bundled network infrastructures, but it is a significant and expensive networking effort due to the wide distances involved.

Techopedia Explains Next Generation Nationwide Broadband Network

Broadband networks that use fiber optics to transmit data have much higher bandwidth capabilities. This allows for faster Internet connectivity than ever before. The next generation nationwide broadband network is said to deliver online access speeds beyond 1 Gbps. This is a huge boost compared to current (widespread) broadband technologies like cable and ADSL/DSL, which only support 25 Mbps and 300 Mbps respectively.

File transfers, downloads and other time-consuming online tasks can be done in seconds when using a Next Generation Broadband Network. Services such as OnLive game streaming or HD conferencing can also be done in what feels like real time because of the high bandwidth fiber optic network.


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