Google Access, the division that includes Google Fiber and Webpass, is leader-less no longer.
This week, Dinesh (Dinni) Jain, a veteran of US and European cable and telco industries, started work as CEO of Google Access, the division that includes both Fiber and Webpass. He replaces Greg McCray, who left after only five months on the job. (See Google Fiber: Disruptor Is Disrupted (Again).)
For the past four years, Jain was chief operating officer at Time Warner Cable. He's also held top-management roles at Insight Communications, Insight Midwest and Coaxial Communications, as well as general management positions in cablecos such as OCOM Corp. and International CableTel, according to Bloomberg.
Since Google Access, in particular Google Fiber and Webpass, lacked a dedicated leader for three months, Broadband World News compiled five questions we'd like to ask Jain. Add yours in the comments.
Sure, Google Fiber generated big buzz and lots of pressure on incumbents when it trumpeted its impending arrival in new cities. Local service providers began heavily investing in fiber, boosting broadband speeds and lowering prices -- a boon for the region's consumers and businesses -- and a bonanza for area governments, which wisely leveraged Google Fiber as a reason why corporations should relocate and families should move to their piece of Eden.
However, the picture's been less rosy for those steering the Google Access ark. In November 2015, Craig Barratt -- a former Qualcomm executive who joined Google as an SVP -- was named CEO of Access. In October 2016, Barratt left (although he remained as "an advisor"), according to a blog he posted on the company's website.
Nobody replaced Barratt until McCray, former CEO of Aero Communications, took the top spot in February 2017. That move coincided with layoffs at Access and Alphabet's decision to stop rolling out Fiber to more new cities, as well as transitioning hundreds of Access employees to Alphabet. (See Google FIber Hits Pause Button, Scales Back.)
In other words, this is not a position with much job security.
According to a new batch of Ookla Speedtest data, median speeds for the satellite broadband service temporarily dipped then climbed again. Meanwhile, the service's burst speeds appear to be on the rise.
Upstream consumption climbed 63% last year as peak usage shifted to business hours and away from a pre-pandemic surge typically seen during prime time. The nature of upstream usage has likely changed forever, OpenVault says.
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