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Google Seeking Bids For Massive Fiber Optic Network

Om Malik reports, “Google is now seeking bids for a nationwide optical network”. Wow. IPMediaMonitor says it could be built for under $100 million and launched in a couple of months, although the real difficulty is in “the last mile”, as in getting into homes and businesses.

Looks like the rumors were true, and Google is putting that $4 billion to good use (unlike, say, eBay’s $4 billion on Skype).

Google is reviewing bids it solicited from tech vendors to build a national optical DWDM network capable of pushing massive amounts of voice, video and data very close to end users. Even more interesting is that the purported cost of this dynamic national fiber fabric is under $100 million (not including dark fiber) and can be launched within a matter of months. But the last-mile is, as always, the problem.

September 19th, 2005 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General | 2 comments



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  1. I’ll echo that Wow.

    The possibilities…what do they intend to do with this? It almost sounds too good to be true…Interesting speculation on Om’s blog, but I suppose we’ll just have to wait and wonder until Google reveals their plans.

    Comment by Step | September 19, 2005

  2. Adds spice to those Broadband-over-Powerline investments, doesn’t it?

    I don’t think that either BPL or WiMAX are viable last miles for a little while though. I could be wrong, but the hardware doesn’t seem to be there.

    Comment by Brock | September 19, 2005

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