updated 06:44 am EST, Fri February 14, 2014
Increase in speed could be ten times that offered by Google Fiber
Broadband connections could get considerably faster in the future, if technology worked on by Google comes to fruition. The search company is apparently working on ways to offer connections as fast as 10 Gbps, ten times that of current Google Fiber connections, under current plans to develop what Google views as the next generation of the Internet.
Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette claimed the work was part of Google's obsession with Internet speed at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, reports USA Today, with such high speeds allowing for the adoption of software as a service by customers, among other high-bandwidth functions. "That's where the world is going. It's going to happen," advised Pichette, claiming "why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait."
Google Fiber's existing service
Google is not the only company working on raising the average US connection speed up from 7.2 megabits per second. Researchers in the UK achieved a 10Gbps connection through a Li-Fi system last year, effectively transmitting data over flickering lights. This was demonstrated at CES using lamps and sensors, though at a slower 10Mbps rate. Earlier this year, BT and Alcatel-Lucent demonstrated the use of an existing 255-mile fiber optic cable installation and commercial hardware to transmit data at 1.4Tbps, but more as an infrastructure and commercial equipment test rather than something intended for customers.
Pichette was keeping quiet about future updates to Google Fiber, suggesting those looking for an expansion of the service to more areas to "stay tuned."