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10Gbps Internet Connection? Google’s Working on It

Posted on February 17, 2014 8:30 AM by Tom Roeder
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Everyone knows that Google is not afraid to pour a copious amount of cash into its pet projects, but this one I will be personally rooting for, as I am sure all bandwidth-conscious net dwellers will be.

Google is working on technology that will deliver data speeds upwards of 10Gbps, 10 times the speed of its famous project it has in Kansas City and now some other select cities.  That is roughly 1,000 times faster than the average US Internet speed connection, which is a shameful 7.2 Mbps. 

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Google’s vision with this project is obviously more bandwidth, but also greater stability and reliability as our societies are becoming more reliant on bandwidth hogging activities.  Netflix plans to stream 4k content this year, which it claims will require a connection upwards of 15 Mbps, roughly twice the connection speed needed for its “Super HD” content.

Google is not alone in this endeavor, as a team of UK researchers reached data transmission speeds of 10Gbps using visible light across fiber optics.  This tech called “Li-Fi” used a micro-LED light bulb to transmit 3.5Gbps across each primary color of visible light – red, blue and green.

What could you do with a 10Gbps Internet connection?


  • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

    This sounds like a pipe dream, but I’m hoping Google can make it happen. If it does, that means that households should begin to get 10Gbps tech trickling down into them, which to me is -long- overdue. Our multi-bay NAS boxes could easily exceed 1Gbps speeds by 50% or more, and our SSDs are at least 300% as fast.

    It just seems foolish to me that we’re STILL stuck with the ancient 1Gbps transfer speed. It’s no wonder some people have just stuck to USB 3.0 for external storage, or even better, Thunderbolt.

  • Tom Roeder

    Broadband and its related peripherals have seemed to evolve at a snail’s pace compared to the rest of the tech world.

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