Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan on Google Fiber Putting Growth on Hold

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"Why is Google rethinking their move into this space?" Asks Technology Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan

Jeff KAGAN, Industry Analyst

Google Fiber and AT&T GigaPower are the two fastest growing companies in this ultra-fast Gigabit Fiber space. Why is Google rethinking their move into this space? Asks Technology Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan

Google has put the hold on further expansion of their Google Fiber high speed Internet service, according to 11alive.com, Dec. 19.

Industry analyst Jeff Kagan offers comment on the state of this industry segment and the possible reasons for this Google move.

“Ultra high speed Internet service was not available in the United States before the last years or so. Ultra-fast Internet is brand new in the US marketplace. Only two companies, Google and AT&T seem to be the fastest growing in this new opportunity.” Says Telecom Analyst Kagan.

“I have been following this segment and it seems two companies are clearly in the lead. AT&T GigaPower and Google Fiber.” Says Kagan.

AT&T GigaPower has the most rapid rollout schedule making this service available to the most number of cities through their U-verse service.

Google Fiber also had an aggressive plan, but that seems to be on hold now

“This raises a few questions.” Says Wireless Analyst Kagan.

“One, is Google rethinking their Fiber deployment since other companies like AT&T are rapidly growing in this space. Two, is this a Google ploy to try and get cities to back down from their demands before giving permission to build out?” Asks Kagan.

“When Google jumped into this space it left many of us scratching our heads. Was this a short term action to generate lot’s of industry movement then they would exit? Or whas this something that Google would stick with going forward. We still don’t have an answer to this question, but this pull back by Google does is curious.” Says Kagan.

Others experimenting in this ultra-fast GigaBit Internet service in select markets are companies like CenturyLink, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox and other smaller companies as well.

“Providing a high quality communications services is a very difficult game. Remember when the cable television companies like Comcast and Time Warner Cable tried and failed with wireless a few years ago? We’ll just have to wait and see what happens next with Google Fiber.” Says Kagan.

About Jeff Kagan

Jeff Kagan is an industry analyst, consultant, columnist, author, keynote speaker and futurist. He shares his opinion and views in many different ways over 25 years. His goal is to help you better understand our changing world, technology, industry and competition.

He is regularly quoted hundreds of times every year by the media. In fact tens of thousands of times over the last twenty five years.

Kagan writes two weekly columns and a daily press release on companies, technologies, competition and the changing industry.

He offers comment on wireless, telecom, Internet, cable television, IPTV and other tech news stories including Mobile Pay, Cloud, Internet of Things or IoT, M2M and more.

Kagan is known as a Technology Analyst, Tech Analyst, Wireless Analyst, Cloud Analyst, Smartphone Analyst, Telecom Analyst, Telecom Industry Analyst and Principal Analyst.

He is also a keynote speaker and public speaker. His speeches are on topics including State of the Industry, challenges and opportunities, changing technology, competition, services, winners and losers, why and what we can expect going forward.

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