Google announced it will begin rolling out its blistering-fast 20Gbps GFiber Labs project. The ’20 Gig + Wi-Fi 7′ package will be available to select US customers for a whopping $250 per month, starting in the US. Installations will kick off within the first quarter of 2024.
Google first shared its 20Gbps GFiber Labs project back in October. Service availability correlates with Google’s last-mile infrastructure upgrades that includes Nokia 25G passive optical networks. It’s also the first ISP to break the 10Gbps threshold.
The Alphabet Inc. company says Nokia’s 25G PON will provide up to “10x speeds energy efficiently” without requiring any changes to the existing infrastructure.” It’s as simple as plugging in a new optical module and replacing the optical network terminal from the customers side.
The ridiculously fast connection also comes kitted with the latest Wi-Fi 7 hardware for those who sign up. However, it should be noted that Wi-Fi 7 is not fully-certified yet, and internal specifications for this particular router remain a mystery for now. The company envisions simultaneous multi-gig connections across multiple floors with the help of Wi-Fi 7. Honestly, it sounds totally bonkers when you say it out loud.
Google’s Fiber is also a symmetrical connection, meaning it provides 20Gbps upload and download speeds simultaneously. Putting this into perspective, with download and upload speeds of up to 2.5GB/s, you could theoretically upload a high-quality 20GB 4K video in about 8 seconds, whilst simultaneously downloading a 100GB video game in 40 seconds. Geez Louise, now that’s fast!
Finally, the roll out starts in Kansas City, North Carolina’s Triangle Region, Arizona, and Iowa. Once these areas are complete, Google will open up invitations in new areas, and you can gauge interest by signing up for early access, here.