Thursday, August 5, 2010

How Google wants to change telecom

How Google wants to change telecom

To be clear, this project is unlikely to threaten the big ISPs' bottom lines since Google says it plans to only offer access to the network in "a small number of trial locations" and that it will serve anywhere from 50,000 to 500,000 people. But much like its efforts with Android and the Nexus One, Google's plan to deploy a high-speed fiber network is less about competing directly with incumbent companies and more about pushing incumbent companies to change how they operate Comptia A+ Training.

Or put another way, Google is trying pressure carriers to step up their games and hasten their plans to build out more high-speed networks. With typical broadband speeds lagging behind those in countries such as South Korea and Japan, Google is seemingly trying to give U.S. carriers a kick in the pants by saying, "If we can build a network this fast that serves large numbers of people, so can you." And what's more, the Google network will be open access, meaning third-party service providers will be able to use it to deliver Internet to their customers. In this way, Google is trying to bring back discarded common carrier rules by showing that it's possible to have a strong and successful fiber network that third-party service providers can use to wholesale access to subscribers.

Results: The limited scope of the network means that it could easily be brushed off as an interesting novelty that would make an unrealistic model for a nationwide high-speed fiber network. Even so, the mere fact that the Google brand is behind the new network – and the fact that Google's other telecom initiatives have had a good level of success so far – means that the network's development and implementation will garner plenty of industry attention Comptia A+ Certification.

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