Originally Posted by sleepy3
Just realised something
Google is pushing its fibre business pretty heavy with it already rolling out in test markets in the US.
It is supposedly even faster than anything else out on the market now.
The question is.....with the developments we see now, will it be possible that Google rolls out their fibre in a wider area to more customers while at the same time NOT submit any patents on it as FRAND, keeping the whole thing proprietary?
In other words, is Google planning to become a service provider that plays by its own rules?
Maybe Apple should start looking into the service side as well cause you wouldn't want a situation like that to develop. Especially with things like Apple TV on the way. A cheap speedy connection from Google that is totally proprietary may end up gaining traction in the market and cause problems for competitors.
In all likelihood, this sort of move could be one of the reasons for Apple to pile up so much cash. But fiber, or for that matter anything wired, is not the solution to solve last mile. It is way too expensive to lay last mile wire.
The beauty is that you don't need last mile fiber. The speeds that we get in the US are already capable of handling any requirement - including 1080p streaming. The trouble is, our infrastructure is not capable of handling it, if everyone resorts to streaming 1080p!
It is only the backbones that needs to get upgraded. And most of the "upgrade" lies in lighting up fiber that is already laid in the ground. So it is relatively manageable for existing fiber networks to upgrade. Someone laying new fiber, negotiating right of way, etc, will only be buying a bag of hurt.
And then there is the small problem of technology. Did you know, if the US completely stopped terrestrial video transmission (over the air) and moved completely to an Internet delivery model, it would free up so much high quality spectrum - which actually makes wireless Internet possible at much larger scales?
Wireless is the ultimate solution for last mile. And wireless over unlicensed spectrum is also possible. Actually, it is a pity that Sprint Clearwire failed commercially - because as a technology WiMAX is much more capable of scaling up to the levels of providing universal service. It supports Point to Point as well as Point to Multiple modes. So it can be used for remote area backbone as well. It is much cheaper as there is no license to be paid to anyone - unlike LTE which is crazy expensive. But I guess these are the very reasons WiMAX failed - it threatened too many big players! And no one really benefitted big from WiMAX to support it - except the hapless consumer - and you know how those battles go, every time!