If you’re thinking about hosting your own small data center or need to stream 1,333 Netflix shows in 4K at once, Google Fiber is the solution. The Alphabet-owned ISP will do this launch It’s 20Gbps service with Wi-Fi 7 in select cities early next year for $250 per month (plus applicable taxes and fees) — not a ridiculous price for such ridiculous speed.
“We are starting in Kansas City and the Triangle area of North Carolina, Arizona and Iowa,” the company wrote. “As we continue to roll out Nokia’s 25G PON across our network, we’ll be opening invitations in new regions, so make sure you take your Let us know If you are interested in being the first to have this in your home.”
As with Google’s other fiber offerings, the 20Gbps speeds are symmetrical, so you’ll be able to see them whether you’re uploading or downloading. Google points out that Wi-Fi 7, which offers wireless speeds of 40 gigabits per second, is so advanced that it has not yet been fully adopted. The service is offered by Google’s GFiber Labs division, and has been made available thanks to new features Nokia 25G Bonn (Passive Optical Networks) installed as part of last-mile infrastructure upgrades.
Although clearly expensive, the new plan allows for some interesting possibilities. For example, Google promises multi-gigabit internet speeds Several floors in your house, For example, thanks to custom wifi router 7 Created in conjunction with Actiontec. This could allow plan buyers to amortize the price across multiple users — 20 people could have 1Gbps connections for $12.50 per month each, for example.
The new plan offers four times the speed of AT&T’s Elite 5Gbps fiber offering for the same $250 per month. However, the problem with Google Fiber has never been the technology or the value proposition, but rather the availability. The company’s 5Gbps and 8Gbps plans have just launched and are still only available in a few regions. Although Google Fiber is available in some major cities (San Francisco, Atlanta, and San Antonio), it is noticeably absent in major markets like New York City and Los Angeles.
The 20Gbps plan will start rolling out in the above cities in Q1 2024. Just be aware that you’ll need the fastest Wi-Fi possible on your computer (currently Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7 on select devices) So you get a portion of that top speed.
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