Forget Gigabit Internet, Google Already Working On 10-Gigabit Speeds

Even as the Google Fiber gigabit Internet service pilot programs are rolling along, Google already has its sights set on loftier goals--namely, Internet speeds of 10 gigabits per second.

In remarks made at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference, Google CFO Patrick Pichette said that Google is already working on bringing the next next-generation of Internet speeds to life even as its just beginning to push the currently available speed envelope with Google Fiber.

That’s not surprising, but what is remarkable is what he sees as a timeline for 10-gigabit Internet. “Why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait," he said.

Google CFO Patrick Pichette
Google CFO Patrick Pichette, left (Image credit: Charles William Pelletier via Flickr)

Such a timeframe is ambitious to say the least, and there’s probably no way that’s going to happen, but it certainly is an exciting development. (That said, I’d love for Google to prove me wrong on this.)

For now, though, most of us must sit idly by while Kansas City, Austin, and Provo, Utah enjoy the first rollouts of Google Fiber and the 1Gbps speeds that make us jealous for now but may seem quaint in the future.