blog The list of US telcos and cities which are expressing a strong desire to deploy gigabit broadband speeds just keeps on growing. First it was Google, which is currently looking to take its Fiber offering to a further 34 US cities. Only a few weeks ago it was AT&T, which is also looking to deploy gigabit fibre, in its case to some 100 cities. And of course, the City of Los Angeles also has a gigabit project it is seeking partners for. The latest news comes from the Tech Times, which reports (we recommend you click here for the full article) that US cable giant Cox Communications is now getting on the gigabit bus:
“Speaking to Betty Liu at Bloomberg’s Cable Show in Los Angeles, Cox chief executive Pat Esser said that customers can expect the company to roll out a 1 Gigabit-per-second broadband service before the year closes.”
It’s getting harder and harder to reconcile the ongoing statements made by NBN Co executives such as Ziggy Switkowski and Coalition politicians such as Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull that there is no need for gigabit broadband speeds in Australia, when the clear trend in the US is towards these speeds. One wonders at what point the dam will burst and the global trend towards universal gigabit speeds will become unstoppable. Things are certainly going that way in the US right now. It will be fascinating to see how far things will have progressed by 2020 or so, when the Coalition’s Multi-Technology mix is slated to have delivered minimum 25Mbps speeds to all Australians, with many more to receive 50Mbps or more. One suspects those speeds will look a little … underwhelming, globally speaking.