Google connects up Stanford University with fibre optic network
Next stop for network rollout is Kansas City
By Brad Reed | Network World US | Published: 11:14, 24 August 2011
Some lucky California residents are getting a glimpse of what Google's new fibre network will soon deliver.
Google today lit up a beta version of its new experimental fibre network in residential neighborhoods located near Stanford University. The network will apparently be free to use for students and faculty in the area for the next year, before Google unleashes an even larger fibre network in Kansas City.
A Reddit user calling themself TheTeam reported late last week that they was connected to the fibre network and were getting download speeds of more than 150Mbps and upload speeds of more than 90Mbps, according to a test run through Speedtest.net.
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TheTeam described the new network as "better than sliced bread" and pledged to "go on a movie downloading spree" with their newfound high speed connectivity. TheTeam also said that Google gave residents in the area wireless routers that they installed and attached to the fibre network via Ethernet cable.
"The first thing I did was download a movie," TheTeam wrote on Reddit while gleefully noting that the download took a mere 10 minutes to finish.
Google earlier this year announced that it had selected Kansas City as the site for its new network that promises to deliver download speeds of up to 1Gbps once it's completed.
Google's fibre network initiative has also inspired more than 29 universities to start up the new Gig.U project that aims to attract service providers to their communities to build out high speed fibre networks that will deliver the same 1Gbps connectivity that residents and businesses in Kansas City will soon enjoy.