In a surprising piece of news, published in June, Google announced that new service trials are starting. Service, that will give a number of households around some major US cities extremely fast Internet access. Why the superlative – well the speed is expected to reach 1Gbps – yes that is one gigabit every second – speed that guarantees enough bandwidth to be able to watch 5 or more High Definition movies at the same time. And have enough left for normal speed Web Browsing.
Such access speeds pose some challenges to the provider, and these challenges can be battled only by using fiber optics reaching to every separate home. Knowing what Google’s resources are, this is not mission impossible, so results are expected by many people all around the world with big interest. The know-how gathered during the trials will be invaluable for this decade‘s internet needs – the bandwidth demands are rising by the day.
New challenges to YouTube, how will they cope with the new “Fiber” age
Youtube had been on the edge of the technology wave or almost a decade since it creation. With the high amount of competition on the market of video content servers, they cannot allow to fall back. Even before the news form Google was heard, YouTube announced new supported video formats.
After the last year introduction of Full HD support, and this years addition of 3D support for Full HD movies, a stunning new format support was announced – 4K movie format. Its resolution is almost 4 times bigger per dimension, than the Full HD’s. Such resolution will allow projection of Cinema quality content – given the fact that 25 feet is the recommended screen width for it. For example IMAX movies are projected using 2 2K projectors to achieve the 3D effect. This suggests that such content will not be suitable for the normal home use – as the 4K projector is bigger than refrigerator, and its cost is in the tens of thousands of US dollars. But such resolution may be fairly suitable for some business’s use – as video conferencing streams, or why not something like cinema on demand.
But such high resolutions for streaming content are not achievable by normal communication lines speeds of today, as the normal high speed 10MBps home connections are just barely adequate for highly compressed Full HD content.
If you do some calculations, you will reach the conclusion that 16 times bigger speed will be needed to receive the full amount of data.
When you come to think of it – it is really close to the suggested 1Gbps by Google. One begins to wonder – are these two Internet giants working in close relation with each other to boost the access bandwidths for the high speed needs of the 3D and more than Full HD content during the coming decade?