How does New Zealand UFB compare with Google fibre?

Search giant Google operates a fibre network in Kansas City. Yesterday the company said it plans to roll out fibre in an additional 34 US cities.

The company’s fibre network currently operates at 1Gbps, but earlier this month Google Chief Financial Officer Patrick Pichette told a conference the company plans to increase speeds to 10Gbps.

He says faster speeds will increase the use of software as a service because users will be able to trust that critical applications that are data intensive will run smoothly:

That’s where the world is going. It’s going to happen. It may happen over a decade, but why wouldn’t we make it available in three years? That’s what we’re working on. There’s no need to wait.

Customers on Google’s existing network pay US$70 (about NZ$85) a month for uncapped 1Gbps connections. Meanwhile the same money will buy you 40GB of data at 30Mbps on Telecom NZ’s UltraFibre plan on New Zealand’s government subsidised network.

2 thoughts on “How does New Zealand UFB compare with Google fibre?

  1. If the physical fibre is similar, I assume we can expect that the bandwidth available will continue to increase as our back-haul providers capacity increases.

    Currently 200Mbps looks like the the highest currently here in NZ.

    • Without getting too technical, that’s a limitation of the last link in the chain. We’re using GPON which is more limited than peer to peer distribution.

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