"It's going to happen": Google CFO Patrick Pichette. Photo: Michele Mossop
Google is working on technology that will provide data transfer speeds over the internet that are many times faster than its current Google Fibre service, an executive at the online search giant says.
Google Fibre offers data transfer speeds of 1 gigabit per second currently. But the company is already working on speeds of 10 gigabits per second, chief financial officer Patrick Pichette said during the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet conference.
The Google office in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo: Bloomberg
Pichette called this the next generation of the internet and said it was part of Google's broader, long-term obsession with speed.
Faster speeds will increase the use of software as a service because users will be able to trust that critical applications that are data intensive will run smoothly over the Internet, he explained.
"That's where the world is going. It's going to happen," Pichette said. It may happen over a decade, but "why wouldn't we make it available in three years? That's what we're working on. There's no need to wait," he added.
Google is not the only one working on this. Last month, researchers in Britain announced they achieved the "fastest ever" broadband speeds in a test that hit 1.4 terabits per second.
Pichette has experience in this area. From early 2001 until July 2008, he was an executive at Bell Canada, which offers a fast, fibre-optic internet service to homes in that country.
Google Fibre is currently available in Kansas City, but Google has said it is bringing the service to Austin, Texas and Provo, Utah. Pichette told analysts last year the project is not a hobby for the company.
On Wednesday he was asked whether Google Fibre will be coming to more locations. "Stay tuned," Pichette answered.