Google had announced that it would be providing Gigabit network to the home, in order to study the usages of high speed internet.
Google Fiber networks are now being installed across the country on the shortlisted cities like Kansas and Stanford university. The initial speed tests are out and boy, they are fast.
Throughputs of upto 151.68Mb/s download and 92.79Mb/s upload have been testified so far. The ping delay is as low as 5ms, the order of something that you can get on a wifi too. The ISP is listed as TATA communications, which is a pioneer ISP in India. They do have operations in US, but we are not very sure if Google fiber’s backend is provided by TATA comm.
This is just the testing phase, its free and speeds would increase in the future.
as per Google,
We’ve reached an agreement with Stanford University to build an ultra-high speed broadband network to the university’s Residential Subdivision, a group of approximately 850 faculty- and staff-owned homes on campus. Through this trial, we plan to offer Internet speeds up to 1 gigabit per second—more than 100 times faster than what most people have access to today. We plan to start breaking ground in early 2011.
The obvious question now is, if Google can do this, why aren’t network operators banging down the company’s door to get involved and roll this out everywhere? Fiber to the home is a big initiative, Verizon had been doing good but they still lack way behind. On a side note, fee to purchase and install Google Fiber from the property line in [one’s] home will be $249 for professional installation and $49 for self-installation.
Related: How Optical Fibers work