Google looks to Europe for next fibre roll-out

Google has suggested that it is looking towards Europe as its next test-bed for high-speed fibre-optic broadband provision, with the company senior veep David Drummond whipping up excitement.

The company first started playing around with the idea of providing consumer-level broadband services in 2010, when it announced plans to roll out 1Gbit/s fibre-optic broadband connectivity to "a small number of locations".

Since then, the company's fibre-optic tests have largely been limited to the US - with the majority of work carried out in Kansas City - but comments made by Drummond yesterday suggest the company is looking across the pond for its next roll-out.

Speaking at a meeting of the French Industry Ministry, Drummond explained that his company was "looking very closely" at Europe as the potential next venue for the project, but refused to be pushed on exactly where.

Google's interest in providing high-speed, affordable connectivity is obvious: by becoming an ISP, the company would have an unprecedented ability to mine traffic for data to help drive its core advertising business. While that has obvious privacy implications, it also has dollar signs written all over it.