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Google Fiber deployment: "slow and limited"

19 Oct, 2015


Anew study from Bernstein Research describes Google’s deployment of its fiber service as “slow and limited.” The report estimates Google Fiber’s total paid subscriptions between 100,000 and 120,000, which it describes as “a very small number that likely plays into the incumbents' default belief that deploying and operating wireline networks at scale is much harder than commonly thought.”


A senior analyst with the firm also estimated that Google Fiber currently passes about 427,000 homes and 96,000 business locations, mostly in Kansas City and Provo, Utah. And “even if Google built out in all cities it has committed to or considering,” writes, “it would still only pass 4.3 million homes.”



Google has recentlyexplored the possibility of bringing fiber service to three new cities: Irvine, CA; Louisville, KY; and San Diego, CA. Google Fiber iscurrently available in parts of three cities: Kansas City; Austin, TX; and Provo, UT. Google is building networks in some neighborhoods in six other cities: San Antonio, TX; Atlanta, GA; Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, NC; Nashville, TN; and Salt Lake City, UT. Google is also considering projects in Portland, OR; Phoenix, AZ; and San Jose, CA.



Study: Market ‘Too Dismissive’ of Google Fiber (, Oct. 7, 2015)


Google explores bringing fiber service to three new cities (Speed Matters, Sept. 14, 2015)


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