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Google plans 10Gbps retail broadband in USA

While we in the UK are getting excited about broadband reaching double-digit megabit speeds, Google is planning to launch a 10 Gigabit broadband service in the US.

Google currently has its Google Fiber service operating out of Kansas City offering customers 1Gbps speeds. But the firm is working on technology that would be ten times the number.

According to reports from USA Today, Google’s chief financial officer Patrick Pichette , speaking at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, said that this effort was part of a broader, long term obsession with speed for the company.

He said that with faster speeds, users would be more likely to use cloud-based software-as-a-service applications as they would be able to trust that data-intensive, critical applications would run smoothly over the internet.

“That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen,” said Pichette.

He added that 10Gbps 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.”

A10Gbps connection to the home would also make it very easy to download or stream and watch 4K television. Netflix plans to stream content in 4K later this year.

Last year UK researchers said they were working on technology to achieve data rates of 10Gbps using Li-Fi or light emitting diodes.The special bulbs were developed by a team working at the University of Strathclyde.


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