After bringing Ultra-fast internet access to homes in two cities in the US, Google have dashed any hope of Google fiber coming over to the UK, at least for the moment.
Although the roll out in the US has been slow, mainly due to the current huge telecommunications companies, there was a small glimmer of hope that the UK might see Google Fiber happen across the pond. The Telegraph had reported that Google were in talks with City Fibre about rolling the service out.
They wrongly reported that talks had broken down, reporting that “The discussions broke down amid concerns from City Fibre that an existing partnership with BSkyB would be threatened. BSkyB and TalkTalk are funding a pilot fibre-optic network rollout in to 20,000 homes and businesses in York.”
Google moved quickly and denied any hope of it becoming true. Speaking to Engadget Google quashed hopes by saying “We have informal conversations with other telecom companies all the time. But we’ve never had any serious planning discussions about bringing Google Fiber to Britain.”
High Fiber Diet
Google Fiber is currently in two cities in the US, but its roll out has been extremely slow. Instead of improving the services they have. The major ISPs have concentrated on attempting to slow the process as much as possible. Leading to so much red tape that attempts to launch in some cities have been abandoned.
Google Fiber offers up to 1 gigabit-per-second in both download and upload speed. Being around 100 times faster than the average internet speed in the UK. Combining this with package deals with cable TV access, it no wonder people are itching to get the service.
In an attempt to get more and more people online there is also a free service in active cities. Google Fiber offers free internet services for those that don’t require a hyper speed connection. Charging just a small set up for a 5mb service.
Google Mobile Network
Google have also long been rumoured to be launching a its own mobile network to match Google Fiber. However the stumbling blocks have again been placed by big networks with many unwilling to let Google muscle in on their business.
They have made a step in the right direction on becoming an all-encompassing ISP with recently acquired start-up focused on developing 5G technologies. Which will further pressure established ISPs to provide not only faster service, but also improve the pricing and service structure.
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Last Updated on November 27, 2018.