The Inquirer-Home

Google has 'no serious plans' to bring Fiber to the UK

Good news for Sky, BT and Talktalk
Mon Jul 21 2014, 11:06

google-fiber-network-boxGOOGLE has denied rumours that it plans to bring its Fiber gigabit internet service to the UK, news that has likely left UK ISPs breathing sighs of relief.

Last week, a report at The Telegraph claimed that Google had been in discussions with Cityfibre, a UK company that specialises in building and operating fibre networks, about expanding its Google Fiber service to the UK.

The newspaper's sources, who now seem not so reliable, said at the time, "Google historically has always publicly said they would never build fibre outside the US. But in the background they are talking to people here in the UK and looking at projects.

"It makes sense; Britain is its biggest market outside the US," the anonymous source added.

The report went on to say that these talks soon fell apart, with The Telegraph claiming that Cityfibre withdres because it could jeopardise a deal it has with Sky and Talktalk to bring gigabit internet to parts of York.

While that is what the report claimed, Google has since said that it never had such plans. In a statement seen by Engadget, a Google spokesperson said, "We have information conversations with other telecom companies all the time. But we've never had any serious planning discussions about bringing Google Fiber to Britain."

While this clears those rumours up, it likely will leave many disappointed, with Google's Fiber service offering both download and upload speeds of 1Gbps, almost 100 times faster than traditional broadband services. Google Fiber presently operates in four US cities and plans to expand to an additional 34.

It uses a fibre to the home (FTTH) connection, which enables faster speeds than the network that BT is deploying across the UK, which uses a mixture of fibre and copper in what is called fibre to the cabinet (FTTC). µ


Share this:

blog comments powered by Disqus
Subscribe to INQ newsletters

Sign up for INQbot – a weekly roundup of the best from the INQ

INQ Poll

Happy new year!

What tech are you most looking forward to in 2015