Google deploys Webpass gigabit fibre in Austin

Google deploys Webpass gigabit fibre in Austin

19 August 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Google Fiber has announced the availability of its Webpass service in Austin, Texas.

The news marks the first time Webpass and Google Fiber will be both available in in the same city, combining both its efforts and product offerings.

Webpass delivers high-speed internet in urban areas by creating its own Ethernet network and making it affordable and reliable. To date the company primarily delivers these services to residents and small businesses in densely populated areas.

Webpass first became part of the Google Fiber team back on 2016 when the company saw the value of its point-to-point wireless approach, which delivers internet speeds of 1Gbps without the need for extensive construction work, would add a powerful toll to the company’s deployment toolkit.

Over the past two years, Webpass has expanded its footprint adding new locations in Seattle and Denver, while also continuing to grow in existing Webpass cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, Nashville, San Francisco and Salt Lake City, to name a few.

As for Google’s subsea arm, the company announced back in July, plans to extend the 2,200km Brazil-Uruguay Tannat cable to Argentina in 2020. The project in partnership with Antel and to be built by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) will have six fibre pairs each with a capacity of 18TBps.

In related news, Google also launched plans to build a brand new cable system Equiano, which connects Africa with Europe. Once complete, the new system will join Portugal running all the way down the west coast of Africa to South Africa, with branch units along the way that can be extended to additional Africa countries.