Google Fiber launches 5Gbps fiber optic service in select US cities

Google has launched its 5Gbps Internet plan to the majority of users in select US cities. The service will initially only cover Kansas City, West Des Moines, and Utah cities, but Google says the $125-a-month service will expand to more areas later this year. The new 5Gbps service includes an optional Wi-Fi 6 router, up to two mesh network extenders, and professional installation services for 10Gbps home networks.

A leap forward in internet speed

The service is mainly for those who use cloud services to work and process large files to provide high-speed upload and download, which is a leap forward compared to the current 1 to 2.5 Gbps service provided by Google. The new service will provide symmetrical uplink and downlink, with an optional Wi-Fi 6 router.

Limited to select cities for now

In other words, customers currently living in the Kansas City, West Des Moines, and Salt Lake City metropolitan areas in the United States will be the first residents to enjoy the highest 5Gbps high-speed network. The service will expand to more areas later this year.

Google Fiber focuses on expanding its network

According to reports, under the 5Gbps network, it only takes 11 minutes to download "Microsoft Flight Simulation". For now, Google is focusing its efforts on pervasive service and working on expanding its Google Fiber network. In addition, Google added that it is working on an 8Gbps plan, but the service is still in the "coming soon" status.

Competitors follow suit

At present, companies such as Frontier and Optimum in the United States have begun to provide 5Gbps services, but the asking price is higher ($155 and $180 per month, respectively). Comcast, one of the largest network service providers in the United States, also said last year that it will launch "10Gbps" services in specific regional markets, and they have completed the world's first field test of 10Gbps broadband.

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