I can’t even face my 1.5 Mbps Internet connection now after reading this about Cyberport Hongkong’s 10 gigabit Ethernet network that will provide wireless and wired Internet access to residents and businesses.
Cyberport – Hong Kong’s IT flagship – is a US $2 billion landmark project managed by Hong Kong Cyberport Management Company Limited and wholly owned by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). The project is being developed on a 24-hectare site at Telegraph Bay in the southern district of Hong Kong Island. It comprises four office buildings, a five-star hotel, a retail entertainment complex and a deluxe residential development, aiming at creating an interactive environment that will be home to a strategic cluster of about 100 IT companies and 10,000 IT professionals. The project is being completed in phases from mid-2002 to 2007.
The idea is to provide “bandwidth freeway” for Cyberport’s tenants, local IT companies and professionals to develop, test, and run a wide variety of next-generation applications in information technology (IT) and digital content creation, management and delivery. Of course, just having very fast Internet connections does not guarantee that a lot of compelling products and services with emerge from Cyberport’s breeding grounds. But it is a clever way to attract companies from all over the world to set up operations in Hongkong.
The network forms the backbone of the Digital Media Centre which offers facilities and equipment for graphics rendering, animation, motion capture, and high-definition video; the one-stop wireless applications development, testing and delivery platform of the Wireless Development Centre; and the iResource Centre that offers access to thousands of archived digital contents, at Cyberport.
IP telephony, wireless networks, and broadcast-quality (MPEG 2) TV video over IP will be deployed throughout the Cyberport area.
Cyberport will be using Cisco equipment.