Friday, February 26, 2010

Google Fiber update #4: coming to Holland?

The latest developments around the four pillars of Google's OA FTTH trial plans.

  1. Technology. Costas has a funny map, turning PON upside down. Meanwhile, Cisco is preparing an event March 9 for a "significant announcement that will forever change the Internet and its impact on consumers, businesses and governments". According to the Financial Times, they are working with US carriers. Would that be exclusive arrangements, or could Google buy the same technology from Cisco?
  2. Bandwidth. Apart from another move toward 1 Gb/s (FibreCity in Bournemouth, but only as a 'power boost'), there are also several intermediate steps to 200 Mb/s (XMS in the Netherlands; Virgin Media expanding its trial in the UK; Novus in Vancouver).
  3. Cities. US candidate communities seem to be concentrating in a select number of states. Newcomers again are mainly in North Carolina (Greensboro), Michigan (Ann Arbor, Holland) and California (the expected Palo Alto, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, La Jolla, Redding). Others include Washington DC, Baltimore, New Orleans, Topeka (Kansas), Mason City (Iowa), Peoria (Illionois), Charlottesville (Virginia).
  4. Open access. Last week it was ETI, this week ECI Telecom making the case for open access. Further, HeLi Net teams with PacketFront to market open access FTTH in Germany.

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