Published on July 29th, 2012 | by Sunit Nandi1
Google Fiber: Next-Gen Home Broadband
Google does amaze the world with its wonderful products. First we had the revolutionary search & then Gmail, YouTube and Android changed the world.
After months of waiting with great anticipation, the Google team finally announced details of its incoming ultra-fast Internet network at an invitation-only event on July 25th. Offering speeds of up to 1 Gbps on both up-link and down-link, the definition of an Internet connection is set to change.
Google Fiber set up their first network in Kansas City, USA where trials are currently going on. An important aspect on the trial is Google Fiber TV, which is a replacement for the conventional cable TV.
The pricing is not very bad either. A TV + Internet set up costs $120 a month. A simple gigabit connection costs $70. Also, there is a provision of 5 Mbps free Internet which Google promises to offer for at least 7 years.
So, well, how much of an overdose did the internet take in Google Fiber? While the average high school in the USA has internet speeds of 500 KB per second (approx. 5 Mbps), Google Fiber will have speeds of up to one gigabit per second. Now that’s about two thousand times the speed of an average high speed internet connection!
Those are amazing speeds, and the best thing about it is that you can that kind of internet service at an under-competitive price. But you won’t have to pay Google itself. Google is planning to make this super fiber optic network open access. This means that all internet service providers can provide Google’s internet service.
With the promise of internet speeds over a 100 to 1000 times faster than what most regular Americans have access to, hopefully, in future, we’d see it available in other countries as well.
This is a welcome step to eliminate overpriced ISPs and increase telecom competitiveness.
You can know more about it at http://fiber.google.com/about/