Google Fiber previously announced plans to eventually begin providing Internet access services at 100 Gig (100 Gbps) speeds. Currently, the company is already moving in this direction and hopes to offer a 20 Gig (20 Gbps) + Wi-Fi 7 service for private clients by the end of this year.
Today, GFiber offers 1 Gig for $70 per month and 2 Gig for $100 per month, while in some cities the 5 Gig service costs $125 and 8 Gig costs $150. The internet service provider claims to already have thousands of service customers on the latest two plans.
Google Fiber already provides 20 Gig Internet access to organizations such as the University of Missouri-Kansas City and the United Way of Utah County, but plans to offer the same service to residential customers by the end of the year.
To achieve this, GFiber will “launch Nokia 25G PON technology, allowing our customers to overcome the 10 Gig barrier that has been a limitation of existing architectures.” Notably, this technology provides an energy-efficient tenfold increase in speed without the need to replace any sections of underground fiber optic lines. Another important part of the 20 Gig service is Wi-Fi 7 router pre-certification for customers.
The 20 Gig service offering is part of the GFiber Labs program, announced in September, to explore what can be done for the internet. This is also considered an early access offer, with availability limited to “a small group of GFiber customers in select regions.”