US TELECOMS PLAYER AT&T is apparently amused by Google's continued investments in fibre technology, and has written a tongue in cheek blog post about its progress, or lack thereof.
We are used to these technology pastiches, but they usually involve Microsoft and Google, and Apple and Samsung. We had imagined that AT&T, a rather older company, was above such things, but apparently not.
The firm explained that "broadband investment is not for the faint hearted", presumably suggesting that AT&T is pumping on full cylinders while Google is wheezing and should probably have some All-Bran for breakfast. Or something.
AT&T catalogued Google's progress over the past few years, hinting that the firm has promised much but delivered little and has effectively got off the fibre toilet already.
"February 2010: Google announces its intention to build ultra-high-speed fibre-fed broadband networks with plans to serve around five million subscribers in five years. 1,100 cities respond to Google's Request for Information in an effort to become a Google Fibre City," said the AT&T blog post.
"Today: Google Fibre has deployed a fibre network in parts of seven out of the 1,100 interested cities, but otherwise hit the pause button as Google Fibre learns something we've known for over 100 years: deploying communications networks is hard and takes an enormous amount of time, money and skilled labour."
AT&T's high, and elderly, horse has learned a lot of lessons, then, and has enough fibre to put out stuff like this. The post ignored the rest of Google's work, and suggested that whatever the firm does is nothing in comparison with AT&T's achievements in around nine times as much time.
"Building reliable, ubiquitous high-speed broadband connectivity is tough. It takes an enormous commitment of capital and resources and a highly skilled and capable workforce. Yet AT&T has been at it for over 140 years," the firm said.
"Between 2011 and 2015, while Google Fibre was cutting its teeth on fibre, AT&T invested over $140bn in its network, building to over one million route miles of fibre globally and deploying ultra-high-speed fibre-fed giga-power broadband services, reaching over 100 cities.
"Along the way, AT&T spent over $13bn with minority, women and disabled veteran-owned suppliers in 2015 alone."
All very lulz worthy. µ
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