Google is busily preparing to build a FTTP network in Kansas City, but they are further along with their beta test of the technology on the campus of Stanford University in California. It’s a much smaller pilot, but is seen as an indicator of where Google is trying to go with this FTTP experiment.
They are now connecting customers to the Stanford FTTP network and AnandTech.com reports that one beta subscriber posted their Google fiber results to Reddit. As evidenced by the screenshot below (assuming its legitimate and accurate), this customer saw 151 Mbps in the downstream and 92 Mbps in the upstream. The Stanford network is being managed by California based ISP Sonic.net.
What remains to be seen is whether these results are indicative of what all Google fiber customers will receive once Google gets their Kansas City project up and running. There are still several questions left unanswered regarding this experiment, not the least of which is retail pricing. It’s wonderful if you can get 150+ Mbps broadband service, but if its cost is out of reach for most, what good is it?
I continue to believe the Google fiber project will be something to watch. Not because I believe Google has grandiose plans to take their fiber network to multiple markets and compete with incumbent service providers. But because the Kansas City experiment will be just that – an experiment to showcase new applications and technologies that could have interesting implications for the broadband ecosystem as a whole.
6 thoughts on “Google Fiber Beta Test Yields 151 Mbps Down, 92 Mbps Up”
Just curious, why does the ISP say Tata Communications? Isn't Tata based in India?
Still don't understand the rush for all of these 100 plus megabit plans. What good are they if the backhaul connection to the Internet can't support multiple 100 megabit end customer connections. Unless they plan to have a lot of apps within their own ftth network to take advantage of those speeds. But that's a lot of local apps.
<customer_mode>But you said it would this was a 1000Mb/s connection, why am I only getting 15% of what I paid for?!!!!!!</customer_mode>
The upload speed is the most impressive thing here. I think customers will appreciate that the most.
1GBPS is going live in less than 4 weeks in portland oregon area from Fibersphere Communications in partership with comcast. It WILL be the first in the nation!
They will be a year late. There are several other cities with 1 GPBS already.