Items tagged with fiber

Last month, Google shook up the ISP landscape in a big way, and all with the stroke of the (digital) pen. The company announced that they would soon begin testing a 1Gbps home fiber network, which could provide home Internet speeds that could only be realized in one's imagination before. Needless to say, Americans began to get hopeful, and local politicians saw opportunity. Having Google's name (and 1Gbps Internet access) stamped on your town is probably a surefire way to get you in the news (and maybe even add to the tax base), so it's no surprise to hear that city after city is going out of their way to make an impact and sway Google into making their town the first to get this new breed of... Read more...
Broadband speeds in the United States have long lagged behind other industrialized nations; the average download speed across the US was 5.1 megabits (mbps) in August of last year. While that's a 45 percent increase over the average download speed in 2007 it's just 25 percent of South Korea (20.4mbps), less than half the speed of Sweden (12.8mbps) and 60 percent as fast as Germany (8.2mbps). Google, like a lot of other companies, wants to see more US citizens have access to higher-speed broadband (or broadband at all)—but unlike most other corporations, the search titan is willing to directly fund efforts to make that happen. According to an announcement on the Official Google Blog, Google is... Read more...
If you had any doubts that the TV Everywhere initiative was picking up steam, here's some proof that the service is really gaining traction. With Comcast and Time Warner Cable already latching on, the newest pay-TV operator to join in is Verizon. The company, which sells television programming over its fiber-based FiOS TV offering, has this week become a TV Everywhere partner. What's it mean? It means that FiOS TV customers that pay for television packages in the home can also see some of those channels online, with a more robust programming lineup than what it already available for free on network websites and Hulu. Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bewkes noted that Verizon... Read more...
Google has been purchasing unused fiber-optic capacity from cable and telephone companies for several years.  How much is unknown, but it appears to experts that they have much, much,  more than they could ever use to simply connect all their data centers together.  What's it all for? Canada's Financial Post thinks they may be preparing to become their own broadband, phone, or Internet Service provider. Google has publicly denied plans to get into the lucrative business, valued at US$1.3-trillion globally, but industry experts say it is inevitable. The Mountain View, Calif.-based company already has its toes in it with offerings such as Google Talk and the hugely popular YouTube... Read more...
There's an old expression that suggests one use the right tool for the right job.  If you want fish, hire fishermen.  If you hire those same fisherman to remove submerged wiring, what do you get?  Well the Ba Ria-Vung Tau province of Vietnam decided to find out by hiring some local fishermen to help haul some 30+ year old copper cable from the seabed.  What was the result?  Nearly 27 miles of fiber optic cable that wasn't meant to be removed is now gone, nearly 7 miles of which was actually owned by a company out of Singapore! "The incident started a year ago when Vietnamese province Ba Ria-Vung Tau authorized fisherman to rip up undersea copper lines that were laid before 1975. They had planned... Read more...
We recently decided to procure a new Sony VAIO VGN-SZ150P/C Notebook for testing and evaluation here.  During the first couple of weeks of testing, it never occurred to us frankly that our unit perhaps wasn't representative of the material as described in its specifications and at the online reseller we bought it from.  Here are a couple of shots of our unit that may or may not add to the confusion, depending on how keen your eye is.   As you can see, clearly on the box label, which has a matching serial number to the unit itself incidentally, this system was tagged with "SZ150P/C", the "/C" designating a Premium Carbon Fiber constructed system.... Read more...
And I thought our little shop here at HotHardware had some hot-stuff hardware capacity coming on line with our new fancy-pants Dual 3GHz Xeon front end web box.  Google on the other hand likes to throw a few thousand Opterons at a time at the situations and own the backbone connection as well.  Oofaa..."The probable answer lies in one of Google's underground parking garages in Mountain View. There, in a secret area off-limits even to regular GoogleFolk, is a shipping container. But it isn't just any shipping container. This shipping container is a prototype data center. Google hired a pair of very bright industrial designers to figure out how to cram the greatest number of CPUs, the... Read more...
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