It does seem that 2015 is going to be a blast for Indians after all! Google Fiber, with speeds of up to 1 Gbps may finally be arriving sometime next year!
Talks are on between IT Ministry and Google Fiber team to bring this amazing optical fiber based broadband services in India.
An official from the IT Ministry said, “We are keen to partner a company like Google in furthering the Digital India plan. Modalities have to be worked out.”
Google Fiber is Google’s own broadband services which provides Internet speed up to 1000 Mbps or 1 Gbps, which would be an entirely new experience for an Indian user. In an era where there exists ridiculous caps on upload and download speeds, this certainly sounds like a gift from Santa.
Imagine downloading a HD movie in less than 33 seconds; uploading 100 images in 5 seconds. Sniff! If only it could arrive today!
During the launch of Google Fiber in Kansas City in 2011, a Google official said, “Our internet is 100 times faster. Our TV has hundreds of channels in crystal clear HD. And we’re offering quality service plans that are affordable,”
There are hurdles though. In India, any ISP who wishes to provide broadband services needs to get licenses which are auctioned, and the price may shoot up to thousands of crores of rupees.
As per the recent talks which are happening between Google team and IT Ministry, it seems that the requirement of licenses may hold greater importance. One alternative can be that Google partners with an existing ISP such as BSNL and start the services.