Google Fiber lands in Salt Lake City

Service offers speeds of up to 1Gbps for $70 per month

Google has switched on its high-capacity Fiber services in Salt Lake City, US, bringing speeds of up to 1Gbps to the Utah capital.

The first phase of the Google Fiber rollout, which also includes optional television and phone services, covers 112 blocks in the city.

It follows launches of the Fiber service  in Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; the Kansas City metro area in Missouri and Kansas; Nashville, Tennessee; and Provo, Utah. The internet giant has also identified 16 other metro areas where it has either firm or tentative plans to expand in to.

The top speed Fiber 1000 gives speeds of up to 1Gbps and costs $70 per month. Google will also offer a slower alternative, providing speeds of up to 100 Mbps for $50 a month.

The Salt Lake Tribune reported that almost 200 government and business officials gathered on Wednesday morning to mark the switching on of the service at Google’s new Fiber Space facility.

At the launch, Google’s head of Fiber in Utah Scott Tenney promised that other parts of the city would be turned on in “a matter of months, not years.”

"As of 9 a.m., Google Fiber is live in Salt Lake City,” he said. “We're going everywhere as fast as we can. This is a milestone, but not a destination.”