Google considers building European fibre network

24 October 2011 | Kavit Majithia

According to industry reports, Google, the world’s largest internet company, has said it is considering building a fibre network in a European country.

The company’s senior vice president, David Drummond said late on Friday it is looking into a potential project in Europe, but did not specify where and when it would launch.

The news will no doubt be welcomed by EU Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, who has been urging European telcos to make necessary investments in fibre and take the step to replace legacy infrastructure.

The larger European telecoms operators have so far been reluctant to make such investments in fibre, because there are still no guarantees on return on investment. Kroes estimates Europe needs an investment of €300 billion to keep up with fibre networks already established in the US and Asia.

If Google goes ahead with its plans, it will not be the company’s first foray in building out connectivity infrastructure. The US-based technology giant has already announced plans to build an experimental super-fast broadband network in Kansas City.