Two weeks ago, the City of Mountain View, Google, and Tropos Networks together celebrated the third anniversary of Google WiFi, which continues to be the most successful wireless broadband network -- in the world. You can read more about the evolution and advances the network has made in the official Tropos press release.
There are several additional metrics we documented in our verification of the Google network’s performance which I wanted to share as we are seeing some of these trends emerging in other areas around the country:
- In Mountain View, the data transferred on Google's unlicensed 802.11 network (600 gigabytes/day) exceeds data transferred over Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint's licensed networks combined.
- 25% of all devices that connect to the Google 802.11 network are handheld “smartphones” (such as the iPhone) and are a key driver towards increased demand for bandwidth. Its not just about voice calls anymore – a typical smartphone user utilizes 30 times the amount of data as a non-smartphone user.
- The proliferation and wide adoption of 802.11 has already set the standard for consumer wireless performance expectations. 3G and 4G performance will be compared against the benchmark set by 802.11. There are already some smartphone applications that only work over 802.11 (Pandora, Joost, and Skype) – 3G is simply not an alternative due to its limited speeds.
- Unlike 3G technology, the Google Network does not lose connections when demand peaks – the network technology delivers dynamic scalability to match demand and data flow, providing users with a consistent and predictable experience.
- Users in Mountain View have it easy – they do not have to search for hard-to-find Wi-Fi hot spots or pay $4 for a cup of designer coffee in order to connect to the Internet. The Google WiFi Network is easily available across the community, especially in the heavy traffic areas like the Cal-train station and Castro Street.
The Google WiFi Network has made affordable high-speed Internet easily accessible for the entire community and visitors alike. As the president and CEO of Tropos, I am proud of the contribution that our products and innovations have made in in the success and continued growth of this showcase outdoor broadband network.