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Google Fiber could reach 10Gbps in three years

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by Jamie Hinks
, 14 Feb 2014News
Google Fiber could reach 10Gbps in three years

Google is working on new technology that will bring 10Gbps data transfer speeds through its fibre-optic broadband service that is currently available in US city Kansas City.

Related: 250x faster than ‘superfast’ broadband: UK researchers in ‘Li-Fi’ connectivity breakthrough

USA Today reports that Google is working on providing speeds that are 10 times faster than currently available through Google Fiber and it’s part of the company’s long term vision to hit the highest speeds possible.

"That's where the world is going. It's going to happen," said Patrick Pichette, Google CFO. He also added that the change could happen over the next decade, but  "why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait”.

In Pichette’s view the higher speeds on offer will hasten the move towards software as a service offerings due to users being able to trust data heavy applications running smoothly over the Internet.

Google has been slowly moving into the fibre optic broadband sector in the US and its Google Fiber service was first launched in Kansas City back in July 2012 with speeds that it claimed were 100 times faster than regular connections.

The next city to gain access to Google Fiber will be Austin, Texas and when Pichette was asked whether it will be coming to more cities in the future he replied to “stay tuned”, and it reiterates his earlier comments that it isn’t a hobby for the company.

The service costs the equivalent of £45 a month and it’s unclear whether Google will bring the service to the UK at any point in the future with the US market very much its focus for now.

Related: Wireless network achieves 100Gbps transfer speed

Google isn’t alone in the 10Gbps stakes, with UK researchers having already developed light fidelity [Li-Fi] Internet that reached record data transfer speeds of 10.5Gbps earlier this year using special micro-LED bulbs developed at the University of Strathclyde.

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