Google Fiber has big plans for internet speeds.
The internet provider on Wednesday announced its first GFiber Labs project — residential 20 Gig internet with Wi-Fi 7 availability by the end of 2023. The offering is currently in early access and customers can sign up on the GFiber website. Google Fiber said it plans to provide more details in the coming months.
GFiber’s 20 Gig with Wi-Fi 7 aims to make advanced technology available to customers for a “first-of-its-kind in-home internet experience,” according to a release from the provider. For context, 20 gigabits is twice the speed of the 10 gigabits from broadband fiber provider Ziply, according to CableTV.com.
Google Fiber said it also plans to offer customers a pre-certification Wi-Fi 7 router. It should be noted that Wi-Fi 7 is still in development.
In addition, Gfiber will be one of the first providers to deploy on Nokia’s 25G PON technology — a solution that enables users to boost fiber broadband capacity in an affordable way. Nokia’s 25G PON boasts up to 10 times the speed of existing fiber, without making any changes to current ground fiber.
“[It’s] time for us to push beyond as the internet develops and grows,” Nick Saporito, Google Fiber’s head of product, said in a statement. “We need to keep up with and exceed expectations, so that we can harness that incredible potential.”
The new service will be available first in Triangle and Charlotte, North Carolina, a Google Fiber spokesperson told WRAL TechWire. It’s unclear at this time how much the new offering will cost.
As the world becomes increasingly more digital, fast, reliable and affordable internet is in high demand. Offering twice the speed of available from current fastest provider would be a game changer for wireless and smart home devices as well as streaming and remote work services like Zoom.
Check out Google Fiber’s announcement video here:
Image credit: Google Fiber