Google Fiber continues to garner a lot of publicity for its super-high-speed network capable of one gigabit per second. Still, Google’s broadband service is available only in the Kansas City metro area, with Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, being the only other cities currently in the planning stages.
While Google continues to plan, a Canadian company called OneGigabit is bringing a similar service to the Vancouver area in British Columbia. The company offers speeds from 1 Gbps to 10 Gbps through a combination of fiber-optic and high-capacity microwave technologies.
OneGigabit versus Google Fiber
While the Canadian company’s technology is promising, one significant difference between it and Google Fiber is that OneGigabit’s offerings are only available at multiple-tenant dwellings — namely apartments, condos, and office buildings. While the latter option looks to be a boon for smaller businesses looking for an Internet service provider solution, it doesn’t really compete with the “full” residential service offered by Google Fiber.
Additionally, OneGigabit hopes to earn business from owners of apartment and condominium real estate properties looking to distinguish themselves from their competitors in the Vancouver area. “To be frank, it’s uneconomical to serve a single client, with the construction costs that are involved to run fiber to one particular tenant to the building,” said OneGigabit founder, Eric Kuhnke. In most cases, the company is able to install fiber where the service is being installed, but the company uses the high-capacity microwave transmitters as a backup when needed.
On a per-unit basis, the service costs anywhere from $45 to $65 (Canadian) per month for the building owner, depending on the difficulty of the installation. These fees get passed on to the tenants whether or not they subscribe to the service.
If OneGigabit proves that its business model works, expect other one gigabit Internet services to appear elsewhere in the United States and Canada, which will hopefully force Google into ramping up the speed of its Google Fiber roll out. Kuhnke also expects to expand OneGigabit to other Canadian cities if the company is successful in Vancouver. And finally, while waiting for super-fast speeds in your neighborhood, remember to routinely check your bandwidth with an internet speed test provided by BandwidthPlace.com.