Google is exploring building ultrafast fibre optic networks in British cities, in a move that would add to pressure on BT to further upgrade its ageing infrastructure.
It is understood that web giant has held detailed talks with a recently listed British company called CityFibre, with a view to extending its Google Fiber project outside the US for the first time.
The discussions broke down amid concerns from CityFibre that an existing partnership with BSkyB would be threatened. BSkyB and TalkTalk are funding a pilot fibre-optic network rollout in to 20,000 homes and businesses in York.
CityFibre feared the satellite broadcaster would see the web giant as a future rival in the pay-TV market and back out, sources said. Google is understood to still be looking to build internet infrastructure in the UK, however.
A source said: “Google historically have always publicly said they would never build fibre outside the US. But in the background they are talking to people here in the UK and looking at projects.
Rest of article...
I think Google Fiber in the UK would initially be somewhat symbolic but would also create a heck of a lot of publicity and perhaps encourage the political parties to support increased fibre rollout.
Not really on topic but this video(wait for advert to finish) shows having Google provide FTTP is not without its problems.
Edited by Spud2003 (Fri 18-Jul-14 15:00:46)