Sunday, February 28, 2010

Google may spend millions of dollars in testing high-speed broadband services

Google said there could take up to millions of dollars in development and testing of broadband services to provide faster than current broadband speeds 100 times.

Earlier this month, Google has announced the pilot projects. Google's Washington telecom and media adviser rationale Richard Whitt said that as the network coverage and the number of users is still uncertain, so the cost of this project is as yet unknown. Google has not yet decided to deploy the location and size of the network, Google said that users may 50000-500000.

Google had previously called on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to extend broadband network, Google invested in this project is to demonstrate the potential of high-speed Internet services. Google also hopes the network of different software and technology is open, not limited by the service providers.

Witte said: "This is not a trivial matter. We are trying to open the network to do so, we think this is a way to achieve our goals." Google plans to deploy up to 1Gbps speed fiber-optic network, Verizon currently offers more than fastest growing 20 times faster broadband services.

Standard & Poor's analyst Scott Kessler said, the investment that Google for the promotion of broadband networks in the U.S. market very seriously. He said: "This is undoubtedly a lot of money. It is clear that Google in a very open attitude to experiment."

Whitt said: "This is an open test platform. We will FCC and other interested agencies to provide a regular report. We hope that this trial will bring in engineering and business experience helpful."

Broadpoint AmTech analysis of Ben Schachter estimates that the cost of the network 3000-8000 U.S. dollars per household, the total cost will be 60 million to 1.6 billion U.S. dollars. If the user number is 20000-200000 home, then the cost of the mid-point would be 5 billion dollars.

Google is asking the other parties interested in participating in the project, the final deadline of March 26. Google will be announced later this year to deploy the network in any location. Google product manager, said Minnie Ingersoll, Google is currently only concerned with testing project, does not plan to provide broadband services nationwide in the United States.

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