Google Fiber: 100 Miles and Counting in Kansas City

The New Edge has been closely following the developments of Google’s experimental 1 Gbps fiber network the company is deploying in Kansas City, Kan., and Kansas City, Mo.

In early February, Google announced that it was finally ready to start stringing fiber on utility poles throughout the city, having resolved any outstanding issues with the local utility company. This week, Google issued an update on its construction progress, announcing that its crews have already hung more than 100 miles of fiber.

John Toccalino, a manager for Google’s Kansas City fiber project, provided this basic diagram (view the image after the jump) showing the network architecture. Google is building several equipment aggregation centers — or “Google Fiber Huts” – from which the fiber cables will travel along utility poles into neighborhoods and homes. Google also is installing some fiber underground.

Google said that it has constructed about half of its fiber huts. However, with only 100 miles of installed cable, the company acknowledges that it will take some time before it completes the infrastructure deployment.

The blog post may provide some clues as to Google’s marketing strategy. The company already is using its symmetric network architecture to differentiate itself. Toccalino said, “…with Google Fiber, our users will be able to download and upload files at the exact same speed. Think about being able to upload that huge PowerPoint presentation you made for work, or that video of your child’s first steps in mere seconds!”

Google has yet to announce a service launch date, release price points or information on the next-gen applications it plans to offer. However, back in February, the company filed franchise applications for cable distribution service in Kansas City, and petitioned the FCC to begin construction on a satellite antenna farm. Analysts are assuming that Google is preparing to offer a pay-TV service over its fiber network. Stay tuned.

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