Google has confirmed that it is ready to start building its Google Fibre network in Kansas City (Kansas) and Kansas City (Missouri).
The company states that it has now developed a comprehensive set of detailed engineering plans for the project, after sending out engineers to measure utility poles, study maps and survey neighbourhoods.
The first phase of construction will involve building the fibre backbone for the city (divided along the state line by a river), with subsequent phases to see the eventual connection of homes to the network.
The new network is expected to offer speeds of up to 1 Gbps, but it won’t come cheap: some estimates place the network’s cost at between $ 3,000 and $ 8,000 per connection.
With Amazon and Google launching smart home initiatives, have the telcos missed out on their chance to cash in on this market?
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