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September 04, 2012

Time Warner Cable Boosts its Speeds to 1Gbps as a Challenge to Google Fiber

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

Time Warner (News - Alert) Cable, Inc. (TWC), the second-largest U.S. cable company, wants to expand its fiber-optic lines to customers in New York, in a move aimed at boosting internet speeds to the world of 1 gigabyte per second.

On August 28, the company announced that it will be spending $25 million this year to extend its fiber infrastructure in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island.

“We’re making the investment to expand into areas much more aggressively than we ever have before,” said Ken Fitzpatrick, president of business services, Time Warner Cable’s east region.

The company’s aggressiveness can be attributed to stiff competition from Google (News - Alert), a company also working on providing high-speed internet in Kansas City.

The search engine giant rolled out the Google Fiber project to build an experimental broadband internet network using the fiber-optic technology. The project purposes to deliver speeds of up to 1Gbps –something that got Time Warner Cable engineers on their toes.

However, a report from the Kansas City Star newspaper shows that the major flaw in the plan is that the Google Fiber service might not be in the poorer neighborhoods anytime soon.

In response to this, Time Warner Cable is rolling out a fiber-optic network to match Google Fiber’s speeds while bettering on Google’s distribution blunder. The company is targeting small-business customers by offering very straightforward service application procedures – a move aimed at matching its competitor’s efforts.

Commenting on Google Fiber’s aggressive development in the next-door city of Kansas, Time Warner’s chief executive officer, Glenn Britt, thinks Google’s activities are actually a benefit in disguise. “The more people figure out how to use broadband, the better off we’re going to be,” he said during a conference this month.

Since broadband allows internet users to download media and stream live content without any lags, it is definitely a technology for the current generation. This has been reflected in the revenue accounts that increased by 29 percent in the last quarter, following Time Warner’s move to provide internet connectivity to 450,000 small business customers in the Empire State Building.

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Edited by Braden Becker

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