1Gbps (one gigabit per second) Internet speed! Am I kidding? – No. Is Google kidding? – No. Is it real? – Yes. Where is it? – USA. Will it come to India or other countries? – No or May be.
Google has just started beta testing of their new Optical fiber network in Stanford University and soon will start in Kansas City region.
Internet speed is one of the most discussed topics in India when two or more friends meet. These people (including me) keep complaining about YouTube videos not getting streamed, uploading work files taking more than couple of hours and what not!
Google Fiber project is nothing new. Its been here since February, 2010 when they first announced – Think big with a gig – experimental fiber network. You can read its official announcement here and updated posts here 1, 2, 3
First – Lets watch this intro video
Their first information gathering completed in March 2010 and the response they received for an experimental ultra high-speed broadband networks in US has been tremendous. More than 1000 residents and many government institutions nominated respective communities.
Why Google is doing it?
Imagine sitting in a rural health clinic, streaming three-dimensional medical imaging over the web, and discussing a unique condition with a specialist in New York. Or downloading a high-definition, full-length feature film in less than five minutes. Or collaborating with classmates around the world while watching live 3D video of a university lecture. Universal, ultra high-speed Internet access will make all this, and more possible.
This sounds interesting from a users point of view but we already know that Google is an organisation that thinks and plans beyond what others are thinking already.
Google’s core business model is based on success of the Internet. Major part of their revenue comes from ads served on their portals and other websites using AdWords & AdSense . Every person connected to Internet visit any of the Google websites or get exposed to a website serving Google Ad at least once in a day.
So, the prime motive of bringing faster and reliable Internet connection to the world could be to bring more people online. The faster the Internet, more we surf on it, more businesses are online, more marketing, more trades. It’s a great idea.
How would they do it?
I am not an expert to tell about it but there are primary components required to get involved (offline) geographically to complete legal processes and acquisition of required resources.
Google is creating new Optical fiber networks in affiliation with other ISPs , Government institutions in US. Kansas City region and Stanford University with its residential campus are the first ones to get this super-fast Internet connection.
What they did 🙂
How much speed did they achieve?
According to an image posted using the Speedtest.net by one of the users on Reddit – He was getting a massive download speed of 151.68 Mb/s and upload speed of 92.79 Mb/s . He was able to download a full length movie in less than 10 mins. This download speed clearly shows that the line speed is more than what they commit at 1Gbps.
This image (above) also shows Tata Communications as an ISP that facilitate globally for installations but I could not verify whether they are partners in Google Fiber.
Have a look at Global Footprint of facilities and installations of Tata Communications (PDF)
1 Gig Broadband Price
Google Fiber connection can be used in homes & offices by converting signals from Fiber to Ethernet using modems. Price plans for Google Fiber Internet are not yet revealed but according to sources, it should be priced at around $50 – $75.
Will India (or other countries) get Google Fiber?
Hyperoptic recently started offering 1Gbps Internet connection in London at 50 pounds per month.
Other ISPs will have major set-back once Google Fiber comes to India and looking at Govt policies and ‘friendly’ connections with corporates till date – We can only dream about this speed.
But, if Google ever feel like making our dream come true then, it would be nice if they could tie-up with our existing ISPs (of course including Tata Communications) to use already laid fiber optic network (Dark fiber) in different cities to save on costs.
Tata Communications became the one of the largest telecom companies in India after they took over VSNL (Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited)
In my opinion, involvement of Tata Communications partnering with Google Fiber cannot be ruled out (though, I am not sure) due to various reasons including that TATA is one of the largest service providers globally.
Haven’t you started drooling over this speed already? I did because, I am paying Rs. 1450 (approx $32) for a connection up to 4mbps. 🙁
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