Google unveils ultrafast Internet-TV in Kansas City

16 November 2012
By David Spencer
Mobile version
Share |
Google TV logo

Google TV logo

Google’s foray into the market for bundled Internet and television services on Thursday promises access speeds more than 100 times faster than those of traditional US cable and telecommunications companies.

Search-engine leader Google has unveiled it’s ultra-high-speed service Google Fiber in Kansas City, Missouri, and installations could begin in September, say executives. The company hopes to roll out the service to other cities later.

Google’s chief financial officer Patrick Pitchette has stated: "Access is the next frontier that needs to be opened. We're going to do it profitably. That is our plan.

"We are at a crossroad," he added. Acknowledging that Internet speeds had levelled out for broadband since around 2000 he went on to say: "We at Google we believe there is no need to wait."

Google Fiber's ultra-high-speed connections and television offerings are set to be surpassing those of current providers. By allowing users to search live channels, Netflix, YouTube, recorded shows and tens of thousands of hours of on-demand programming.  Yet no phone service is available.

Pichette said: "The phone is really a 1940's thing. Why have a landline? It's sitting there, you use it once every two weeks."

Google also intend to roll out product packages for businesses. The company have supplied no details. Google Fiber includes more than 100 networks and costs $120 a month for a package of TV, 1 gigabyte per second Internet speeds and 1 terabyte of cloud storage.

The package includes popular networks owned by major media companies including Comcast Corp's NBC Universal, Discovery Communications and Viacom Inc. Premium movie networks are available from Liberty Media's Starz with an added fee.

But it excludes several major TV names, such as News Corp's Fox cable channels; Time Warner networks like CNN, TNT and TBS; as well as Walt Disney Co cable channels like ESPN and Disney's children networks.

Google executives said the company is still in negotiations to add more content. Ben Schachter, an analyst with Macquarie Research, said: "They need to be able to offer something that is everything people have now and more. People are going to have high expectations for this. The worst thing they can do is come out and disappoint."

Google will offer an Internet-only package priced at $70 a month. Executives estimate that download speeds would be around 1 gigabyte a second. Google is charging a $300 installation fee, stating consumers should treat it as a "home improvement" cost.

The initial service area includes central Kansas City, Missouri and all of the neighbouring cities. This market is dominated by Time Warner Cable Inc, which charges $99.95 for its fastest Internet-only service there. Google Fiber would be 20 times faster.

Justin Venech, Time Warner spokesman, has said the second largest US cable operator had a "robust and adaptable network", welcoming the competition.

Google Fiber includes such features as the ability to record eight TV shows at a time and store up to 500 hours of high-definition programming. Users can choose to use a tablet or smartphone as a voice-activated remote control.

Google are in the process of prepping for a six-week "rally" for consumers to vote on where the first fiber communities, now dubbed "fiberhoods," should be installed in the Kansas City area.

Alongside installation costs, consumers must pay $10 to register their household online for the service. About 50 neighbours will need to register in order for their area to be eligible for installation services, according to Google executives.

Whether or not consumers will embrace the new offerings is not known as yet, but officials said they are confident Kansas City will be a showcase of success for a larger rollout.

"Google is a very different company. And this is not a short-term project," said Kevin Lo, general manager of Google Access.

Latest Issue

E&T cover image 1607

"As the dust settles after the referendum result, we consider what happens next. We also look forward to an international summer of sport."

E&T jobs

  • Chair in Integrated Sensor Technology

    The University of Edinburgh
    • Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh

    The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top 20 institutions of higher education.....

    • Recruiter: The University of Edinburgh

    Apply for this job

  • Principal Electrical Engineer - Power

    BAE Systems
    • Bristol, England / Cumbria, Barrow-In-Furness, England
    • Negotiable

    Principal Electrical Engineer - Power Join our Electrical Power team and help design the self-contained generation and distribution system for the Successor submarine - a new generation of submarine designed to carry the UK's independent nuclear deterrent

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Operations Supervisor (Mechanical/Electrical/Instrumentation)

    National Grid
    • England, Cambridgeshire
    • £33000 - £39000 per annum

    Operations Supervisor - (Mechanical/Electrical/Instrumentation) Salary: Circa £33k - 39k dependant on experience + vehicle and great additional benefits (share scheme, pension, potential bonus).Location: Wisbech - Cambridgeshire We currently have an excit

    • Recruiter: National Grid

    Apply for this job

  • Lead NDT Trainer

    BAE Systems
    • England, Lancashire
    • Competitive package

    Would you like to be involved with training UK and international teams in Non Destructive Inspection (NDI) to support the in service fleet (Typhoon Tornado, and Hawk)?

    • Recruiter: BAE Systems

    Apply for this job

  • Systems Design - Emerging Portfolio

    MBDA
    • Bristol
    • Competitive Salary & Benefits

    What?s the opportunity?   There are fantastic opportunities in Systems Design for engineers to work within Future Systems. These are highly visible, fast paced roles, in...

    • Recruiter: MBDA

    Apply for this job

  • Metering Engineer

    Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
    • Teddington, United Kingdom
    • £24,109 - £27,961 plus EO Electronics PE of £8,090.00

    We are now looking for a Metering Engineer to deliver RD’s In-Service Testing (IST) scheme for gas and electricity meters.

    • Recruiter: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

    Apply for this job

  • Head of Operational Estates

    Premium job

    The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
    • Shrewsbury, Shropshire
    • £46,625 to £57,640 per annum

    As an experienced Estates Manager, you will play a key role in helping to shape the future of the Estates service.

    • Recruiter: The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

    Apply for this job

  • Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) of Smart Building Solutions

    Premium job

    ETH Zurich
    • Zurich, Canton of Zürich (CH)

    The successful candidate is expected to develop a strong and visible research programme in the area of control and diagnostics of building systems

    • Recruiter: ETH Zurich

    Apply for this job

  • Process Controls Leader

    Premium job

    Phillips 66
    • Humber Refinery, South Killingholme, North Lincolnshire DN40 3DW
    • £60k - 75k plus extensive Compensation and benefits package, dependent upon experience

    Experienced Process Control Leader providing leadership and technical support for Oil Refinery. Extensive Compensation and benefits package.

    • Recruiter: Phillips 66

    Apply for this job

  • Regional Technical Support Manager

    Premium job

    Siemens
    • Warwick, Warwickshire

    You will be required to lead the regional Customer Services strategy and resources to maximise Customer satisfaction.

    • Recruiter: Siemens

    Apply for this job

More jobs ▶

Subscribe

Choose the way you would like to access the latest news and developments in your field.

Subscribe to E&T