Google Fiber is about to go big with the Gigs

Touting a 20-Gig test and 'journey' toward a symmetrical 100-Gig future, Google Fiber plans to 'dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers' in the coming months, says unit CEO Dinni Jain.

Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor

September 27, 2022

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Google Fiber is about to go big with the Gigs

Google Fiber's fastest tier currently hits 2-Gig downstream by 1-Gig upstream, but the fiber-fueled service provider will soon unleash a broader set of multi-gigabit speed options, according to CEO Dinni Jain.

Jain, a former Time Warner Cable and Insight Communications exec, revealed today that Google Fiber will "dramatically expand our multi-gigabit tiers" in the "coming months."

Figure 1: (Source: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo) (Source: Zoonar GmbH/Alamy Stock Photo)

Jain didn't let loose with any specific speed tiers and pricing that's on the horizon. Google Fiber's current high-end tier – 2-Gig down by 1-Gig up – sells for $100 per month, and its baseline symmetrical 1-Gig service fetches $70 per month.

However, Jain did note that Google Fiber's coming multi-gig options represent "critical milestones on our journey to 100 Gig symmetrical Internet."

Trial pumps out 20-Gig down

Meanwhile, Google Fiber touted some progress it's made on the trial front. Following earlier lab trials, Google Fiber ran a home-based test at the Kansas City-area home of Nick Saporito, Google Fiber's head of commercial strategy, that pumped out 20.2 Gbit/s in the downstream.

Figure 2: Click here for a larger version of this image. (Source: Google Fiber) Click here for a larger version of this image.
(Source: Google Fiber)

"Google Fiber's differentiating factor has long been our vision that the Internet should be measured in gigs, not megs," Jain wrote.

Google Fiber is teasing new, faster speed offerings amid an acknowledgment that major US broadband providers have already pushed well past 1-Gig, with some offering symmetrical services of 2-Gig, 5-Gig and even 10-Gig. Meanwhile, US cable operators, including Comcast, are already pouring the foundation for symmetrical, multi-gig services that will debut in select markets starting next year using DOCSIS 4.0.

"We believe that many, if not most, communities across America will ultimately have at least two, if not three, fiber providers and an incumbent coax provider," Jain wrote. "We see it in communities we plan to build in, and expect investment in the industry to continue."

In addition to speed tiers and pricing, Google Fiber did not indicate a rollout cadence for the new multi-gig tiers and which markets might get it first. Google Fiber has been asked to clarify if the new multi-gig offerings will be limited to the company's fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) footprint or if they would also be applied to Webpass, its fixed-wireless platform.

But Jain promised to expand a bit on how Google Fiber is building its networks and how speed will be maximized inside customer homes in the coming weeks.

Google Fiber's speed plans surface as the company presses ahead with renewed network and service expansion efforts.

Last month, Google Fiber announced that it is in talks with city leaders as part of a plan to expand into parts of a handful of midwestern states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada and Idaho.

Here's a list of Google Fiber's current and planned network and service deployments using FTTP or Webpass:

Market

FTTP or Webpass

Atlanta, Georgia

FTTP

Austin, Texas

FTTP

Charlotte, North Carolina

FTTP

Chicago, Illinois

Webpass

Colorado

FTTP*

Denver, Colorado

Webpass

Des Moines, Iowa

FTTP

Huntsville, Alabama

FTTP

Idaho

FTTP*

Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri

FTTP

Miami, Florida

Webpass

Nebraska

FTTP*

Nevada

FTTP*

Nashville, Tennessee

FTTP

Oakland, California

Webpass

Orange County, California

FTTP

Provo, Utah

FTTP

Salt Lake City, Utah

FTTP

San Antonio, Texas

FTTP

San Diego, California

Webpass

San Francisco, California

Webpass

Seattle, Washington

Webpass

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Senior Editor, Light Reading

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Jeff Baumgartner

Senior Editor, Light Reading

Jeff Baumgartner is a Senior Editor for Light Reading and is responsible for the day-to-day news coverage and analysis of the cable and video sectors. Follow him on X and LinkedIn.

Baumgartner also served as Site Editor for Light Reading Cable from 2007-2013. In between his two stints at Light Reading, he led tech coverage for Multichannel News and was a regular contributor to Broadcasting + Cable. Baumgartner was named to the 2018 class of the Cable TV Pioneers.

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