Google has 'no serious plans' to expand Fiber to UK

Google has 'no serious plans' to expand Fiber to UK

Summary: Google says that US consumers are likely to be the only ones to enjoy the high-speed internet service for some time.


Google says that Fiber is unlikely to expand across the pond, no doubt disappointing those in the UK who would like access to the high-speed internet service.

Quashing rumors that the Fiber gigabit internet service would eventually find its way to UK shores, the tech giant dismissed claims that the firm has undertaken discussions with CityFibre, a builder and operator of fiber networks. Based in London, CityFibre recently secured £30 million in a secondary funding round to continue bringing fiber to cities in the UK — and apparently, Google had discussed bringing its internet service to the UK through the firm's network.

The original report said that "Google historically has always publicly said they would never build fibre outside the US. But in the background they are talking to people here in the UK and looking at projects [...] It makes sense; Britain is its biggest market outside the US."

The publication claimed that these talks quickly fell apart, mainly due to a deal already signed between CityFiber, Sky and TalkTalk to bring gigabit internet to several UK cities.

However, in a statement to Engadget, Google commented:

We have information conversations with other telecom companies all the time. But we've never had any serious planning discussions about bringing Google Fiber to Britain.

While this has cleared up rumors for a time, it is likely to leave UK broadband users disappointed — but could also be a sigh of relief for UK ISPs. Google Fiber has a connection speed "up to a hundred times faster" than standard broadband, registering up to one gigabit in upload and download speed.

Topics: Google, Broadband, United Kingdom

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    Get it in rural Tennessee THEN worry about other nations
    • Nothing like just thinking of yourself.............

      I'm sure however, Google could multi-task.
    • That's not usually the job of private enterprise

      For better or worse, it has been seen as Big Bad Government's job to make sure that infrastructure (like roads, phone service, electricity, etc) make it out to less profitable areas like rural ones for a very long time (at least since the 1930s). For-profit corporations used to be granted charters to fulfill specific public purposes (nonprofits sometimes still are), but that time has long since past.
      John L. Ries
  • I never heard the rumour ...

    ... and I wouldn't have believed it.

    Google's approach to Broadband is perfect for the US, where local monopolies have lead to ludicrously high prices, and very poor service for many. The UK is a different world, with cut throat competition, (relatively) good infrastructure, and no crying need for a new operator.

    Sad for us Brits .... but the world may look different in a few years; we can but hope.
    • True

      Listening to all the us peeps go on about being offline all the time, gives you a decent view of the service that our cousins have to endure.

      I can't remember the last significant service interruption I've suffered at home of work....
  • Is it even needed?

    Broadband speeds in the UK, whilst not fantastic, are certainly nowhere near as dire as it is in the States. Outside of rural areas which wouldn't ever see Google Fibre anyway, DSL speeds are reasonable, fibre-to-the-cabinet is readily available, prices are low and the ISPs aren't even close to being congested because there's plenty of competition. You don't see deliberate throttling of Netflix so it's unusable, for instance. Sure, we don't have gigabit, but I think 40 down is more than plenty for any user.
    • Same for the US

      It's the same for the US. There's just a lot more rural area which impacts the averages.
      Buster Friendly
      • Except that it's not.

        It isn't only rural areas where there's an effective monopoly in the 'States; it's not only rural areas that overpay - compared to most of Europe - and it's certainly not only rural areas that see major throttling problems.

        You need to realise that YOU really don't represent your country at all - and if you seek to, you need to listen to others, not just talk about your singular personal experience.
  • Unlikely in the most US too

    Since the cost model supports only high density areas, you won't see it most of the US either. Considering Google lack of respect for user privacy, I wouldn't use it anyway. If they'll scan your private email to shove ads in your face, I wouldn't put it past them to monitor your network activity.
    Buster Friendly
    • No-one is forcing you to use it ...

      ... but - believe it or not - the uptake has been strong where it's offered.

      Maybe others realise that EVERYBODY collects data, and many use it in ways much worse than matching your tatses to ads (never heard of Adblock?)

      Even Microsft collects data, and yes, they use it to 'enhance their ad presentation'. You really should not believe every ad that gets on your TV.