Thursday, February 09, 2012
Search engine giant Google recently announced that it is ready to start construction on a large FTTH network that will serve Kansas City, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri, a recent company blog post reported.
Google has been working on a project to bring high-performance internet to a relatively small user base for quite some time. The theory behind this program is to showcase just how fast the internet can get in consumer markets, unleash the potential of the web for businesses and make a huge jump in the networking capabilities offered by most telecoms.
To accomplish this ambitious goal, Google set out with the purpose of choosing a few geographical locations and equipping them with infrastructure that delivered the internet at speeds 100 times faster than what is used by the average resident of the United States. Fiber-optic cabling infrastructure was at the core of this project, as optical infrastructure is needed to deliver the data transmission speeds and bandwidth requirements set forth by the ambitious program.
After selecting Kansas City in its Missouri and Kansas varieties, Google has spent months analyzing infrastructure, measuring utility polls and completing other tasks necessary to establish FTTH infrastructure. Now, the company is ready to begin construction and bring residents of these two cities performance capabilities that could change the way they use the web.
The first stage of construction is to coil thousands of miles worth of fiber-optic cable, each with multiple optical fibers, into a powerful backbone network that will serve as the foundation for future implementation in the two cities. Once this stage is complete, Google will begin extending optical cables out from the backbone into neighborhoods and eventually to individual homes. This FTTH setup will give each individual residence direct access to the optical network, offering them the ability to connect to the internet at incredibly fast speeds.
Google's project combines with many government initiatives and other similar programs to showcase a new enthusiasm for fiber-optic network deployment. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, many telecoms worked to get ahead in optical network rollouts and began installing new networks. However, most consumers were not ready for this type of connectivity, the plans were focused on the future. Then the recession hit, and the period when FTTH adoption could have exploded led to stagnation and many previously installed lines becoming dark fiber. Now, many communities and telecoms are working to activate dark fiber or install new FTTH infrastructure to meet changing consumer and business needs.
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