Google may soon extend Fiber, its optical fiber-based crazy-fast broadband service, which as of now is limited to a few cities in the United States to India. The search giant has been in talks with the IT ministry in the country to bring its Internet service as part of the ongoing Digital India program, Hindu Business Line reports. Also Read - Google, Facebook make vaccination mandatory for employees returning to officeAlso Read - Fake Battlegrounds Mobile India (BGMI) Lite APK links going viral on the internet: How to spot them
First showcased in 2012, Google Fiber is one of the fastest commercial Internet and TV service. It offers 1000Mbps (1Gbps) download and upload speeds, which is more than 500 times faster than the average Internet connection speeds in India. As per Akamai s report from earlier this year, the average Internet speeds in India is 1.7Mbps. Also Read - Google's offline dinosaur game in new Olympics avatar: Here's how to can play
But how soon can we expect the Fiber in the country? The top officials in the IT Ministry said that the discussions are still at an initial stage. We are keen to partner a company like Google in furthering the Digital India plan. Modalities have to be worked out.
A Google spokesperson only said that the company continuously engages with the Centre on various programs, but didn t confirm any plans or developments regarding the Fiber project.
Issues Google Fiber may have to face in India
One of the major hurdles Google will have to overcome to bring Fiber in India is licenses. In India, any ISP who wishes to provide broadband services needs to get licenses which are auctioned. Prices for these licenses can often shoot up during such auctions. Another alternative is Google could also partner existing ISPs like BSNL to start its services.
Competition is good for consumers as it often pushes the companies to bring down the prices and offer better services. But if Google does manage to bring the Fiber connection in India, it will be interesting to see how other telecom operators, who are still struggling to get 3G and 4G connections at most places compete with the search giant. Telecom operators are already whining over their dwindling revenue on texts, and the largest carrier in the country has even started charging extra for VoIP services.
The wired connection also ensures that Google won t have to fight with telecom operators over spectrum distribution. But existing broadband providers may find themselves at odds with the arrival of Fiber in the country.
But, what about TV?
In the United States, Google also offers TV services wherein it offers a handful of channels including HBO, MTV, and Nickelodeon among others for an additional charge. Will Google partner with Indian TV networks? Over the past few months, several Indian TV networks have started offering their shows live on YouTube, as well as on their own websites. But it failed to get the traction it deserves as a large fraction of subscribers don t have the required connectivity speeds. Adding to the misery is the present tariff rates, which makes it unfeasible for most users to watch TV using the Internet. But this could eventually change when the broadband landscape improves in the country.