Google launching 1Gbps internet service


arun687

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People have wondered for years what Google might be up to with all that dark fiber it had bought up around the country. Now, we may have an answer: delivery of open-access, fiber-to-the-home Internet service at speeds of 1Gbps. That's right: 1Gbps.

Google has just announced a trial run of its new scheme, and it's asking city, county, or state officials to let it know if they're interested in a pilot project. In its initial phase, the fiber optic network will serve anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000 people.

As for the speeds, they make cable's DOCSIS 3.0 and Verizon's FiOS look like also-rans. Google promises 1Gbps home connections, which have previously been the province of boutique builders like Paxio in San Francisco.

The goal is to use the system as a high-speed testbed for next generation apps and deployment techniques. "We want to see what developers and users can do with ultra high-speeds, whether it's creating new bandwidth-intensive 'killer apps' and services, or other uses we can't yet imagine," said Google's announcement. "We'll test new ways to build fiber networks; to help inform, and support deployments elsewhere, we'll share key lessons learned with the world."

Perhaps the best part of the announcement was the "open access" bit. Other countries like the UK (through OpenReach) and Australia are working on fiber networks that will be maintained by one entity, but open to all ISPs. "We'll operate an 'open access' network," said Google, "giving users the choice of multiple service providers. And consistent with our past advocacy, we'll manage our network in an open, nondiscriminatory, and transparent way."

It's hard to know how far the company plans to take this. Running a national fiber backbone is one thing; getting out in the streets, digging trenches, and wiring homes is another. As Verizon's FiOS project has shown, stringing fiber to the home can be hugely expensive.

Google stresses that this is an experiment, and it may simply be used as a proof-of-concept and a data-gathering project. Still, it can't help but put at least mild pressure on other ISPs. Once people recognize that 1Gbps are available in the real world today at a "competitive price" (Google's words), they're going to take a look at their own speed/price tier and start asking some hard questions.

Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation praised the plan, and said that Google's actions showed the soon-to-be-released National Broadband Plan needs to think big.

"The Recovery Act committed $7.2 billion in broadband investment defining high-speed access at most 5Mbps, while Australia is investing $31 billion in an 100Mbps effort. When you break it down per capita, Australia is outspending the US 60 to 1. Google is sending a shot across the bow—we need to set far higher standards here in the United States. Our national broadband plan must take this into account and our leadership needs to stop shying away from the challenge."

Your new ISP? Google launches 1Gbps fiber-to-the-home trial

When will Indian ISPs learn? :mad:
 

Superbad

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Too much red tape involved in india. Otherwise we would not be having regular delays for 3g where countries are moving towards 4g.
 

spindoctor

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**** me. 1Gbps... that's probably the entire bandwidth some of our ISPs have :(. why does our country still consider 256kbps as broadband?
 

sri_k

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dragon_unleash said:
^^ lol not 256kbps,,, some people are still using 64kbps.

+1 to that..:cool2: some broadband ISP still provide that speed :mad: atleast according to TRAI,BB speed must be equivalent to 256kbps...:mad:
 

kelvintrinity

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what does red tape mean? and yaa it is really sad that India is so behind in terms of speed or do the Government & privates take us for fools not knowing where the world is heading in tearms of internet speed...
 

malhotraraul

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kelvintrinity said:
what does red tape mean? and yaa it is really sad that India is so behind in terms of speed or do the Government & privates take us for fools not knowing where the world is heading in tearms of internet speed...

they still happy in their ambassador cars, while they pile up money in swiss banks :( :(
 

arun687

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sri_k said:
+1 to that..:cool2: some broadband ISP still provide that speed :mad: atleast according to TRAI,BB speed must be equivalent to 256kbps...:mad:

ISPs are very smart when they list the plans. They term anything under 256kbps as HIGH SPEED INTERNET PLANS and plans above 256kbps as Broadband plans. I fail to understand how these plans are called high speed. :mad:

Anyway, this is really revolutionary step from Google. Let's see how this turns out to be.
 

*Raj*

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Certainly 1gbps would be available someday in India but with price tag of like Rs.10,000/- plus with total data download limit of 1GB per month
 

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