Alphabet, Google’s parent company, is heavily exploring gigabit Wi-Fi technology. This has been confirmed by Eric Schmidt, chairman at Alphabet. In addition, the new system would most likely serve as a replacement for other infrastructures, which are more expensive, by connecting Google Fiber to individual homes and business.
According to Schmidt, this new technology will be “cheaper than digging up your garned”. Alphabet’s chairman has also met with Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat and Larry Page this Tuesday when they’ve talked about the technology.
We remind you that Alphabet has been experimenting with “millimeter wave broadcasts” since 2014, but a few months ago we have noticed that other companies are trying to bring this kind of connection. For example, Facebook is planning to release a test version of its “Terragraph Wi-Fi system” in San Jose sometime later this year. It is good to know that the “Starry Wi-Fi” system is using the same technology, even if its business model is quite different when compared to Terragraph.
It is good to know that since these systems come with high frequencies, millimeter wave signals are able to carry way more information when compared with the usual Wi-Fi signal, but the downside is that they are more easily absorbed by walls or atmospheric moisture.
Because of this, most of the systems will use this technology as a replacement for “last-mile” fiber between buildings and nearby hubs. In other words, they will be placed sometime near your house and instead of coming with the fiber cable inside your house, companies will just use this new Wi-Fi technology and place it somewhere near your house so that you can connect to it.
This technology is still in an experimental stage, but we are pretty sure that sometime in the near future, it will be used by a good amount of companies.
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