Google Fibre could come to UK
Please come to the UK!
Published: 18th July 2014 | Source: telegraph |
Google Fibre could come to the UK
It looks like Google has been looking into extending its Google Fibre Project to the UK, offering astounding speeds far in excess of what BT and other providers offer in the UK at present.
Google has held talks with British company called CityFibre looking into bringing their Fibre project outside of the US. These discussions quickly ended as CityFibre became concerned that this would threaten its current partnership with BSkyB. BSkyB alongside TalkTalk are currently funding their pilot Fibre network for 200,000 homes and businesses in York. It is thought that BSkyB fear Google's sheer size, believing that they could be a major competitor/ rival in the Pay-TV.
At present Google is still thought to be looking to build and improve the internet infrastructure in the UK, which is a no brainer given the UK is Google's 2nd largest market, the US being the largest.
The Telegraph's source stated that;
"Google historically have always publicly said they would never build fibre outside the US. But in the background they are talking to people here in the UK and looking at projects. - It makes sense; Britain is their biggest market outside the US"
Google fibre is currently available in 4 cities in the US, with plans to add 34 more cities to the list. Google's Fibre infrastructure offers speeds of 1,000 megabits per second, compared to 76 megabits from BT's network. This extra speed will allow everything from downloads to streaming faster and also make downloading your Steam library much less of a chore.
BSkyB and TalkTalk plan on getting the same speeds from their network and plan to bring fibre to two more cities if successful.
Google confirmed that they held talks with CityFibre but said they did not progress to a contract. A British Google Fiber project is not expected to be announced soon, they said. So sadly the race to cover the UK in Glorious Fibre Optic cables has not begun, but we can always dream can't we.
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