The Wall Street Journal reports that Google senior vice president David Drummond said on Friday that the search giant is considering deploying a high-speed fiber network to Europe, in a bid to widen high-speed Internet access across the continent.
In a meeting at the French Industry Ministry, Drummond said that the company is "looking very closely" at branching out the fiber-network to Europe, but failed to disclose any further details.
The European Commission wants to broaden out broadband connections throughout the 27 member states, with at least 30Mbps made available to at least 500 million European citizens by 2020. Having said that, the logistics behind it would be difficult, at least without a private sector organisation investing money and resources into fulfilling the European Commission's aim.
But picking a country or section of Europe's busy continent will be difficult for Google, as over 1,100 cities petitioned Google when the company announced it would build an experimental network in the United States.
As the United Kingdom has one of the stronger economies, despite the increasing inflation costs amid the outcome of the recession, the UK's broadband speeds combined with its economical output factors would make the country a logical one. However, depending on the spread of the presumably non-experimental European network, it could be rolled out over mainland Europe to localise fiber connectivity across multiple countries at a lower cost.