1gb/s internet not good enough for Google

Google Fiber is currently offering customers in Kansas City and Provo, Utah, internet connection speeds of 1 gigabit per second. This year, Google wants to give residents of Austin, Texas, a connection that fast.

The 1gb/s conection will transfer 125 megabytes per second. This means you could download a 1 gigabyte movie in 8 seconds.

Apparently that’s not enough for Google. The Mountain View company is looking to enable cities with 10gb/s connections,¬†Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference.

Pichette says we need the internet to be this fast not for daily tasks like surfing the web, but so that we can increase use of software as a service (SaaS). Google’s Chromebooks already operate on the cloud, and in the future, the company will want to have your desktop software be completely cloud-based. The volume of data transfer that would entail requires an incredibly nimble connection.

“That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen,” Pichette said. It may happen over a decade, but “why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait,” he added.

Another trend we are seeing now more than ever is “everything wireless,” and that is only be possible if we have devices which can transfer large amounts of data wirelessly.

WiFi is a fairly outdated and limited method of doing that within a relatively short distance. There are concerns surrounding whether or not our current routers will be able to handle a 10gb’s connection.

To solve this problem, researchers in the U.K. have achieved data transmission speeds of 10 gigabits per second using “li-fi” a wireless Internet connectivity technology that uses light.

The US isn’t the only country that realises the potential fibre has for revolutionising the tech scene and the global economy.¬†Chorus NZ is offering New Zealand towns the opportunity to become the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to have a 1 gigabit per second connection through Gigatown.

An anonymous source working closely with Gigatown has suggested to us that the framework Chorus is rewarding the winning town with will be capable of handling up to 10gb/s.

Moreover, winning towns will win GigaWiFi, which will see 5th generation WiFi hostpots installed by Telecom in high traffic areas.

It’s pretty exciting. It seems as if, for once, New Zealand might actually be on par, if not ahead, of the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure.

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