In Pictures: 20 milestones in Ethernet's first 40 ...
Gigabit Ethernet -- 1000Mbps Ethernet, or 1Gbps -- soon followed Fast Ethernet. The standard for running Ethernet at 1G over fiber was firmed up in 1998, and the 1000BASE-T standard for copper was finalized in 1999. But this was after startups started showing up for dinner in 1996.
In Pictures: 20 milestones in Ethernet's first 40 years