Gigabit Internet is available to an estimated 354 million people across 51 countries.
Viavi Solutions says this represents one in 20 people.
The United States is the leader in Gigabit Internet with the service available to 68.5 million people. The figure has grown by an additional 4 million since August 2018. The US is closely followed by China, which has overtaken South Korea.
Spain has Gigabit Internet available to 30.1 million.
When coverage is considered as a percentage of population, Singapore remains the global leader with gigabit internet available to 95 percent of its population.
Viavi says the number of people that have Gigabit Internet available to them has grown with the deployment of gigabit-capable 5G networks.
“Not surprisingly, we are seeing a gradual shift away from wired gigabit internet provision toward wireless technologies. As commercial 5G networks are rolled out in greater numbers, the pace of this transition will escalate radically and soon reach a tipping point,” said Sameh Yamany, Chief Technology Officer, Viavi. “Yet even with the global rise of 5G networks, the importance of testing and troubleshooting fibre will remain paramount as mobile operators deploy more and more fibre-based network infrastructure.”
Viavi’s Gigabit Monitor was launched by Viavi in 2016 and has tracked gigabit deployments since 2004.