Google has revealed its biggest Google Fiber project yet: hooking up a city of 1.4 million with fibre-optic broadband.
As long ago as February 2010, Google unveiled its plans to become a super-fast broadband provider. The ensuing rollout of Google Fiber has been steady to say the least – it’s currently available in only three US cities (those marked in blue above).
However, the search giant has just announced that it’s bringing Google Fiber to the biggest city yet: San Antonio.
The Texas city is one of the biggest and fastest growing in America, with 1.4 million citizens. It’s also an important tech hub, particularly when it comes to cybersecurity, and has a thriving tech startup scene.
All of which means that San Antonio will benefit more than most from internet speeds of up to 1,000Mbps. This is in stark contrast to the US average of only 12Mbps.
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Google’s announcement means that it will soon enter the design phase of building its Fiber network in San Antonio. This will involve laying down 4,000 miles of fibre-optic cable – enough to stretch to Canada and back.
In the UK we can only dream of such a speedy service from the big G, of course, although the truth is that we’re in much less need of it. The UK average broadband speed is almost double that of our American cousins.