Originally Posted by djriful
Er, look at Korean, Japan, China. They have no issue handling these massive populated areas. Their base home internet is about 100Mbps. So imagine the network infrastructure is quite massive to handle traffics. It's just all these capitalism countries gouging on customer wallets and goes into their pockets.
You might want to re-think that. South Korea and Japan are in the case that there is a lot of people in a smaller area. You can't compare those two to the US. The smaller the area, the easier it is to lay infrastructure. Signal attenuation becomes less of a problem since single mode fiber last I checked was rated for for a few Km. But the cost of the cable is crazy expensive to handle the data rates. And because they are so close to each other, signal propagation becomes less of a problem than in the US. It's like how NYC has better internet connection than the Piedmont Triad Area. There are whole parts of the US where it's just empty and laying the infrastructure wouldn't make sense financially and wouldn't be used. Japan and South Korea do not have large patches of land like we do.
As for China, only certain parts of China is developed. The rest of it is country just like in the US. China is having an economic boom right now so they are starting to spread. But very much of the country is in the dark compared to the US.
To get the best speeds possible, you the area you are serving needs to be as condensed as possible.
As for cell phones. In Japan you try not to talk on your phone rather send emails instead cause the cost per minute of a phone call in Japan is stupidly high compared to the US.