Google Fiber India

Google Fiber India

Google is keen to launch its optical fiber-based broadband services in India as part of the Digital India programme. The internet giant plans to roll out a fiber network in a small area as a showcase project.

According to reports Google is in talks with the top officials in the IT Ministry regarding the project. One of the key issues being discussed is whether the internet giant can do the project without having to acquire a telecom license. Internet penetration is key for Google if it wants to reach the next billion consumers.

A Google India spokesperson did not comment specifically on the fiber project but stated that the company continuously engages the center on various projects. However, IT Ministry officials said that some experts from Google’s US operation are expected in India to evaluate the project.

An official stated, “We are keen to partner a company like Godigitogle in furthering the Digital India plan. Modalities have to be worked out.”

As of now, Google is planning to expand the services to 34 more cities in the USA.

Google has rolled a similar programme in the US called Google Fiber where it provides broadband internet and television to a small area. The project was initially launched in Kansas City and in February 2014, Google announced that it will expand the service to 34 other cities in the US.

Google had stated in a blog post at the launch of the Google Fiber in 2012: “Our internet is 100 times faster. Our TV has hundreds of channels in crystal clear HD. And we’re offering quality service plans that are affordable.”

Internet giant Google and Facebook have been experimenting with balloons and solar-powered drones to address the need for cost-effective internet connectivity. The company’s strategy works well  with the Indian Government’s agenda of taking internet and digital technologies to the masses with its Digital India project.

Google is in talks with the Indian government to launch its Fiber broadband services.

It seems 2015 can be the best year for an Internet user in India. Initial reports are coming in, indicating that Google Fiber India will be introduced in India very soon.

Talks are on between IT Ministry and Google Fiber team to bring this amazing optical fiber based broadband services in India.

An official from the IT Ministry said, “We are keen to partner a company like Google in furthering the Digital India plan. Modalities have to be worked out,”.

Google Fiber is Google’s own broadband services which provides Internet speed upto 1000 MBPS or 1 GBPS, which would be an entirely new experience for an Indian user. In an era where there exists ridiculous caps on upload and download speeds, this certainly sounds like a gift from Santa.

Imagine downloading a HD movie in 33 seconds flat; uploading 100 images in 5 seconds.

The Problems

As of now, Google Fiber in India certainly sounds like a fantasy as there are several practical problems involved. The biggest and the most visible problem in licenses.

In India, any ISP who wishes to provide broadband services needs to get licenses which are auctioned, and the price may shoot upto thousands of crores of rupees.

As per the recent talks which are happening between Google team and IT Ministry, it seems that the requirement of licenses may hold greater importance. One alternative can be that Google partners with an existing ISP such as BSNL and start the services.

If the Government allows Google to roll out Google Fiber without licenses, it can be a major boost to Internet connectivity and Digital Business for all Indians.

We hope for the best!


Source: The Hindu Business Line