While Google Fiber and its 1 Gbps speeds are slowly rolling out across the United States, the web search giant is working on an even faster Internet technology. Google’s chief financial officer, Patrick Pichette, has noted that the company is developing a high-tech system that would allow Internet speeds up to 10 Gbps, as reported by USA Today. Pichette made the comments during the recent Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, which took place in February 2014.
Given the fact that Google Fiber is only available in a small portion of the country, many Internet users would rather see more effort made on improving its availability instead of developing an even faster Internet speed.
Google Obsessed With Improving the Speed of the Internet
Pichette said that this “next generation” of the Internet and its exponential speed improvement is an obsession of his company. Google expects that software as a service (SaaS) and other cloud-based consumer offerings will become commonplace as users gain trust in these services over a faster Internet. Still, cloud computing adoption at both the business and home level is growing rapidly even with today’s Internet speeds.
UK researchers are also developing a fiber-optic “LiFi” technology that provides speeds of up to 10 Gbps, so Google can expect to have some competition in this technical area. Pichette expects Google to be able to deploy their new Internet technology within a decade, but it could become available sooner than that.
Google Needs to Speed Up Their Fiber Deployment Schedule
Given that Google Fiber is still only available in Kansas City, with Austin, Texas, and Provo, Utah, implementations scheduled in the short-term, some Internet users will remain skeptical that the company will start deploying 10 Gbps service within the next few years. Pichette says that Fiber isn’t just a hobby for Google, but until Internet users can enjoy 1 Gbps speeds in places located outside of Kansas City, most of those users will need to stay patient.
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