Google announced this week that they are working with another 34 cities in the U.S. looking to establish their Gigabit Fibre service. At USD $70 per month and no data caps, this is an attractive offering. Better, Google is looking at boosting that to 10 Gigabit speeds with schools first on the list between now and 2020.
“We’ve long believed that the Internet’s next chapter will be built on gigabit speeds, so it’s fantastic to see this momentum. And now that we’ve learned a lot from our Google Fiber projects in Kansas City, Austin and Provo, we want to help build more ultra-fast networks. So we’ve invited cities in nine metro areas around the U.S.—34 cities altogether—to work with us to explore what it would take to bring them Google Fiber.” – Source
By end of year Google will have established a list of target cities for the service to be deployed and they will start another round of infrastructure deployment. Of course, they are not the only player in the market and we see, in the U.S. at least, a mixture of various broadband connection types from various companies with various offerings, all running as hard as they can to get the next leapfrog on speed and price.
“Google Fiber offers data transfer speeds of 1 gigabit per second currently. But the company is already working on speeds of 10 gigabits per second, Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference.” – Source
About a thousand times faster than our current standard connections in New Zealand.
Like I said, it’s not just Google pushing this, its entire cities.
“Next month, the city plans to issue an RFP (request for proposals) “that would require fiber to be run to every residence, every business, and every government entity within the city limits of Los Angeles,” Los Angeles Information Technology Agency GM Steve Reneker told Ars today. The City Council this morning unanimously voted to move forward with drafting the RFP and will vote again in a few weeks to determine whether it’s ready for release, he said.” – Source
The service would provide for free connections to all residents with no data cap at 2Mbs to 5Mbs. After that, the cost goes up as the speed increases in tiers. The network will be open, meaning that any provider can get involved and utilise it. Finally, free wireless access would be powered through the model as well.
This is a city that understands technology far above New Zealand cities and as you can see, has it’s own IT Agency to manage it. While we are still waiting for 100Mb UFB and watching our Councils spend tens of millions of dollars on old technology, Smart Cities around the world are getting on with it.
British Telecom is not far off 10Gbs and already offers 330Mbs on their network.
“BT has launched the first ever trial of a 10Gbps or ‘hyper-fast’ broadband network in a live working environment.” – Source
In New York, the city is actively bank rolling the establishment of fibre into small businesses at no cost in order to promote the economy.
“Are you are a growing business that depends on secure and reliable high-speed internet for downloading and uploading content as part of your daily business operations? If so, you might be eligible for free construction of fiber optic cable to your business through the ConnectNYC Fiber Access program.” – Source
All over the world, governments and cities are taking steps to ensure that connectivity is increasingly fast, resilient, cost effective, and available (at a basic level) to every citizen for free. This push is seeing notional speed limits on fibre, wireless, cable, and other carrier technologies being broken time and time again.
“Back in last May Samsung successfully transmitted data in the millimeter-wave band at a frequency of 28GHz at a speed of up to 1.056Gb/s to a distance of up to 2 kilometers. The implementation of a high-speed 5G cellular network requires a broad band of frequencies. Samsung’s adaptive array transceiver technology, using 64 antenna elements, can be a viable solution for overcoming the radio propagation loss at millimeter-wave bands.” – Source
Google is a media darling, so they get the headline suck factor when the release press. The reality is that all over the world cities are pushing hard for faster speeds and those speeds are already starting to land at 1Gbs and by 2020 it is expected that will be 10Gbs, if not faster.
Where this has been successful we see cities, private organisations, federal & central government working together in tandem to make it happen. The only other place in the world that has the same model for UFB as New Zealand is Australia, and you can see how that’s working out for them here.