Google Fiber, the US ISP subsidiary of Alphabet, has announced two new 'Gig' plans offering customers 5 Gbps and 8 Gbps, and has teased 20 Gbps speeds.
The Alphabet ISP hasn't revealed pricing yet, but the new plans will sit on top of its existing 1 Gig plan for $70 a month, and the 2 Gig plan at $100 a month. Both of those offer symmetrical download and upload speeds and come with 1 TB of free cloud storage.
I'm happy with my 300 Mbps broadband service in Paris, but Google Fiber thinks its super-fast plans will be sought after by creatives, scientists working with lots of data, finance analysts, and households with a lot of people working or studying from home.
According to Amalia O'Sullivan, director of product management at Google Fiber, the 5 Gig plan answers the need for simultaneous file uploads and downloads, while the 8 Gig plan helps with real-time demands sensitive to jitter and latency.
They're products for a future where households have 8K streaming options, virtual reality (VR), a ton of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and more immersive games.
"While 2 Gig answered the call for many gamers and power streamers, 5 Gig and 8 Gig are designed for even heavier internet users – creative professionals, people working in the cloud or with large data, households with large shared internet demands," writes O'Sullivan.
"People who create and utilize large files need the ability to transfer them efficiently. For those who work on the cloud or in real time, like with financial transactions, it's helpful to know there's less lag between pushing send and making something happen."