Google to build ultra high-speed broadband network at Stanford

By on October 21, 2010 at 1:20 PM.

Google to build ultra high-speed broadband network at Stanford

This isn’t the first time Google has discussed its intentions to build out a ridiculously fast 1Gbps broadband network, but it looks like its ultra high-speed efforts are finally set to materialize. The Internet giant announced Thursday that it reached an agreement with Stanford University to build an experimental network for approximately 850 homes on the campus’ Residential Subdivision. Google plans to begin building the broadband network early next year. Stanford’s upcoming high speed network is clarified to be completely separate from the “Fiber for Communities” project Google announced earlier this year. While Google’s community effort is still in the planning stages, it looks as though Stanford will be the company’s opportunity to show the world what a 1Gbps residential network can do. The next due date for Stanford University’s early action admissions is November 15th, so you’ll have plenty of time to get in good with faculty living in the school’s Residential Subdivision before Google-net is built out. More →

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Verizon almost eclipses 1 gigabit network speeds with a current FiOS deployment

By on August 16, 2010 at 3:38 PM.

Verizon almost eclipses 1 gigabit network speeds with a current FiOS deployment

The folks over at Verizon have just dropped a press release to boast about a very impressive feat. The company has just “completed a field trial in which it delivered approximately 1 gigabit-per-second bandwidth to a customer on the currently deployed gigabit passive optical network in a live production FiOS network setting.” Now that is some speed! The press release goes on to say: “Verizon’s GPON platform supports a total throughput of 2.4 Gbps downstream and 1.2 Gbps upstream to customers connected to the PON. This test successfully demonstrated the ability to serve customers on the FiOS network with Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) service.” The actual speeds recorded were 925 Mbps to a local server and 800 Mbps to a regional server 400 miles away; Verizon also said the increased speeds did not cause any kind of degradation in FiOS TV or residential FiOS phone services. The company said that this test proves that its current FiOS network has the ability to scale to meet the growing data demands of its customers. How many of you out there have FiOS? Is it available in your area? We’ve got the full press release after the break. More →

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