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DOShea
DOShea
11/30/2013 | 9:44:48 PM
Playing with fiber...
So, it seems that Google doesn't have a radically different approach, or at least isn't explaining how its supposedly better way to do broadband works. And it isn't giving apps developers much incentive in terms of market size. Isn't this what always have complained about with the so-called traditional broadband providers? Maybe Google isn't all that different.
jschultz1
jschultz1
11/30/2013 | 2:21:59 PM
Google Fiber's Goals?
One of Google Fiber's stated goals was to demonstrate to other potantial and current service providers that there was a better, faster, mor efficeint way to build FTTP and offer gigabit services.  Given that goal, one would think that Google would be a little more open about their costs, successes, techniques, etc.  The longer Google remains silent on all of these questions and withholds any and all data and facts about what they're doing and how they're doing it, the more it looks like they are having a more difficult time than they anticipated.  I for one wish they would be a little more honest and open.
t_newt
t_newt
8/4/2013 | 5:34:41 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
I've heard that Google is using WDM-PON and that its 'Google Fiber Huts' are just wavelength splitters. They do this in Korea, but I think that this is unique in the US, if it is true. There are some Google patents involving this technology.

Lightreading, you should investigate!

Google is also using its own set-top boxes and software, from acquired company SageTV.

In any case, I get the feeling that however small Google's deployment is, its US (and world) mindset is quite broad, and people's expectations for bandwidth are much higher as a result. There are other Gigabit buildouts taking place. And there is pressure on all COs and ISPs for higher bandwidth. I don't know if this is why Comcast just doubled its bandwidth in California (at no extra cost), but I'm guessing it had an influence.
Jonathan Tombes
Jonathan Tombes
8/2/2013 | 10:07:12 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
Preregistration of 'fiberhoods' is one difference - a tighter cherry-picking of neighborhoods than VZ ever tried - that seems more efficient way to generate cash flow.
derac
derac
8/2/2013 | 2:46:44 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
It was always about time, money, committment and an ROI much longer than most public companies want to deal with. Plus, the real population centers are all wrapped up and even harder to address. Google didn't have any magic bullets. If they were really smart they would have sub-contracted the job to VZ. They're a search company not a networking company.
MordyK
MordyK
8/1/2013 | 9:01:06 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
I think the hope was to act as a trigger for national upgrades by the existing telcos, sorta like the Nexus line of products did for Android. This however is an area in which they bring very little added value to table, so it was kind of arrogant.

This bet may pay off in the long run though and it will just be perceived as a longer term investment for a longer term market. who knows...
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
8/1/2013 | 8:08:48 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
BTW, here's Google promoting its fiberversary (their word, not mine) celebration.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
8/1/2013 | 7:55:52 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
That's what other FTTP builders have said all along -- that Google had no expertise to bring to bear here. That they were going to learn how difficult and tedious this process is. And yet, they are proceeding to build out Austin, apparently in the same way.
Carol Wilson
Carol Wilson
8/1/2013 | 7:54:30 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
I don't think Google is alone in leaving it to the apps builders to figure out how to use the network - the question is, why would an apps builder invest in doing that for such a small population of users? I think there was an expectation that Google would participate in the process to prime the pump - maybe that expectation was erroneous, but it was definitely there.
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
8/1/2013 | 5:36:06 PM
re: Google Stumbling on Fiber Innovation?
I've heard the complaint about a lack of services for the 1Gig network before. Google really just left it to the community in KC to build apps that need those kind of speeds, but I'm not sure they've stepped up to the plate yet. Seems like Google could do more to partner there.
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