Google Fiber is mighty fast at one gigabit per second, but the company is working to pick its speeds up by a factor of 10. At a conference earlier this week, Google’s Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette explained that its coming fibre networks should boast speeds of 10 gigabits per second.
The next-gen networks are, according to Pichette, part of the company’s “broader, long-term obsession with speed”. Those networks should, apparently, allow for far broader use of software as a service — because the speeds will be reliable enough to trust for far more critical applications.
Of course, there are faster examples of real-world internet, but none of them are being rolled out at rates comparable to Google’s efforts in Kansas City and, soon, Austin, Texas. In fact, Pichette exclaimed “Why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait.” So even if it ain’t one terabit per second, it’d do us just fine, thank you very much. [USA Today]