Friday, 27 July 2012

Where Are My Shoes Dorothy ?

aka... Google Fibre - serious bandwidth envy :-)

In his presentation yesterday in Kansas, Product Manager Fibre, Larry Yang joked about his daughter's bandwidth envy... it's not only his daughter <g>. With at least 100 times faster speeds this is next major step in the evolution of the Net. It is seriously exciting (and gratifying) to see Google driving this forward and it is long past time for the removal of the bottlenecks created and perpetuated by the Telcos, Cable companies and ineffectual leadership from the majority of governments world wide.

In Northern Ireland there are pockets of speed, Memeonics is fortunate to be able to achieve, on average, 80mb/sec, this places us in the top 10% in the world speedwise. But 937 ?

Read all about Google Fibre

..take an hour and watch the presentation !

Memeonics speed test 27.07.2012 !

We have FTTC, or Fibre to the Cabinet and since we are located less than 500m from the cabinet we can experience faster speeds. Tough for those located 2km away. The signal boost is just that, not a solution by any definition, it falls off over distance.

It seems strange that if the grid system works perfectly well for electricity why some of the 'experts'  did not/do not think of it as the correct means of delivery for real broadband in a largely rural community. Physical fibre itself is one of the cheapest elements. There have been millions spent here in Northern Ireland on broadband and we have a system that will never be able to deliver Gb speeds to the rural population.

14 Electronic Oases (to go please)

Via Project Kelvin we see a Hibernia Atlantic cable landing close to Coleraine and running down through County Tyrone and across the border to Monaghan and then to Dublin. With latency of 55.7 m/s - just 1.7 m/s over the theoretical limit. One would think then it would be logical to take this electronic desert that is much of rural Tyrone and create a series of electronic oases with access to the global backbone. 

Who should pay for the connection or more accurately the connectivity infrastructure ?  Government of course, with proper connectivity delivering a measurable increase in GDP it is so obvious it is almost impossible to imagine.. :-(