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Google demonstrates high demand for Fiber networks

By Max Burkhalter
October 23, 2013

Google has already rolled out fiber optic networks in three major U.S. cities - Kansas City, Kan. and Mo., Austin and Provo, Utah. In addressing a myth that consumers cannot utilize the networks to their full potential, the industry giant demonstrated just how high the demand for fiber-to-the-home and fiber to Ethernet connections are.

"There's huge consumer demand out there for fast internet and we believe that faster internet speeds will lead to what we refer to as the next chapter of the internet," Kevin Lo, the executive in charge of Google's fiber plans, said at the Broadband World Forum conference in Amsterdam, according to Financial Review. "Just like the last step function improvements in speed going from dial-up to broadband brought about all the current applications we use today - from streaming video, photo sharing, video conferencing online - we're confident that the next 100x improvement in speeds will lead to innovation. We've been surprised with the impact that fiber connectivity and fast internet can really have on a community."

Fiber networks offer more than fast internet, however. Increased deployment of fiber optics allows for significant improvements to the quality of connections, reduced latency and an increased ability to connect businesses, especially start-ups, with customers for reduced costs.

Investing in high-quality fiber to copper media converter solutions is an essential part of providing this connectivity. It isn't just the network itself that needs to invest in this technology either, but the businesses that take advantage of it. Cable, phone and other service providers need to ensure they are optimizing their operations around the availability of fiber optic cable connections, and businesses need to minimize latency with the proper equipment to ensure they are getting the most out of the infrastructure.

The implementation of high-quality, high-speed fiber optic networks isn't just a concern for U.S. investors either, but a global one. According to the news source, the Australian government has recently been questioning the need for access speeds of 100 megabits per second, and Google's demonstration proves that consumers do.

Considering reducing costs by implementing quality media converters, rather than limiting the network infrastructure, can ensure that the quality of service remains intact, but affordable for the foreseeable future. The myth that users do not want, or cannot use, fast broadband may have been busted, but the need for high-quality technology to support it still plays a key role in success of such networks.

Perle has an extensive range of Managed and Unmanaged Fiber Media Converters to extended copper-based Ethernet equipment over a fiber optic link, multimode to multimode and multimode to single mode fiber up to 160km.


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