How Does Google Fiber Work? Optical Fiber infographic

How does Google Fiber work? Google Fiber is coming to Salt Lake City and Austin — it’s already in Kansas City — so here’s a cool infographic that explains how and why optical fiber tech makes data fly. Amazing. — How does Google Fiber work? It’s just optical fiber technology after all. Here’s a great infographic that gets at how optical fiber works — via Technography. Now installing in Austin and coming to Salt Lake City, Google last year debuted Google Fiber in Kansas City. Google is adding cities like mad. Do what I do and keep a close eye on the Google Fiber official site at It leaked out the Austin news a few days before the announcement, so we’ve pegged it a good source.

Now. What is fiber optics and how does it substantially improve the Internet experience? Most people I talk to — tech people — aren’t totally sure. A quick explainer is that, basically, you have ultra thin glass or plastic strands capable of transmitting data in light form. That’s it. You get photons instead of electrons doing the off and on two-step.

The result? A huge improvement in speed — we’re talking about rapid download and upload speeds, in optimized networks, that blasts video, audio, text, any kind of data — in the up to the gigabit per second range. Sweet. That’s 100x faster than what you probably have now.

As Google describes it on its site, here are the benefits of signing up to the Google Fiber network service, available now in Kansas City and suburbs, and rolling out in Austin and (UPDATE) Salt Lake City soon. So it’s treble Google Fiber in Kansas City, Austin and Salt Lake City. We expect a dozen more announcements by year’s end. Says Google:

At up to 1000 (megabits) per second, Google Fiber is 100 times faster than today’s average Internet, allowing you to get what you want instantaneously. You no longer have to wait on things buffering; everything will be ready to go when you are. So whether you are video chatting, uploading family videos, or playing your favorite online games, all you need to do is click and you’re there”

The infographic below gives you the basics on how optical networks work.