Google Fiber touts 20Gbps download speed in check, promises eventual 100Gbps

Enlarge / Illustration of fiber-optic cables.

Google Fiber is touting a check that delivered 20Gbps download speeds to a home in Kansas City, calling it a milestone on the trail to providing 100Gbps symmetrical Internet. The firm mentioned it’ll additionally supply new multi-gigabit tiers in the close to future.

“We used to get asked, ‘who needs a gig?’ Today it’s no longer a question,” Google Fiber CEO Dinni Jain wrote in a weblog publish yesterday. “Every major provider in the US seems to have now gotten the gigabit memo, and it’s only going up from there—some providers are already offering 2, 5, 8, even 10 Gig products.”

The Alphabet division not too long ago started promoting 2Gbps download speeds with 1Gbps uploads for $100, alongside its longstanding supply of symmetrical 1Gbps speeds for $70 a month. “In the coming months, we’ll have announcements to dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers. These will be critical milestones on our journey to 100 Gig symmetrical Internet,” Jain wrote.

Google Fiber is “closer than you might think” to that objective, Jain wrote. “This month, we took our testing out of the lab and into the home, starting with our first trusted tester, Nick Saporito, the Head of Commercial Strategy for GFiber.” Jain offered a screenshot from a check at Saporito’s residence in Kansas City exhibiting 20.2Gbps download speeds:

Google Fiber

The screenshot does not present add speeds. While Google Fiber has solely hit these speeds in testing, the municipal broadband supplier EPB in Chattanooga, Tennessee, not too long ago launched a symmetrical 25Gbps service. It does value $1,500 per 30 days for residential clients and $12,500 a month for enterprise clients, although.

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Google Fiber to increase after years of stagnation

After years of stagnation, Google Fiber final month mentioned it is aiming to increase its fiber-to-the-home service into 5 new states. As of now, the ISP gives fiber service in 12 metro areas and wi-fi residence Internet in seven.

Lots of people hoping for sooner Internet and extra competitors have been dissatisfied when Google Fiber “paused” its growth plans in October 2016. Many Americans nonetheless haven’t got entry to quick, wired Internet or should purchase it from just one supplier for a excessive month-to-month payment.

Despite that, Jain expressed optimism about future enhancements in US broadband competitors. “We believe that many, if not most, communities across America will ultimately have at least two, if not three, fiber providers and an incumbent coax provider. We see it in communities we plan to build in, and expect investment in the industry to continue,” he wrote.

Getting two or three fiber suppliers and a cable ISP to most communities is very unlikely in rural elements of the US, the place the federal authorities is planning to offer ISPs tens of billions of {dollars} simply to get one high-speed choice to unserved areas.

But in communities with a number of fiber ISPs, “a fiber network alone will no longer be the differentiating factor it once was for internet providers,” Jain wrote. “The unique selling points will be how that network is built to deliver symmetrical multi-gig speed at accessible pricing.”

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