Beyond generating local headlines in cities where it's deploying broadband, Google Fiber has been pretty low-key since the sudden departure of its CEO -- a.k.a. Chief Exiting Officer as Light Reading's resident haiku posited. Gregory McCray left the building after only five months at the helm.
Apparently, that's about to change as a couple of executives take to the Broadband World Forum stage later this month to share the company's perspective on a number of technologies and successes. No word, however, whether it also will use this as an opportunity to introduce the next leader of Google Fiber. (See Google Fiber: Disruptor Is Disrupted (Again).)
We do know Cedric Lam, engineering director, will unveil Go-Long, Google's new passive optical network (PON) technology on Oct. 26 at 2:35 p.m. local time. Go-Long is Google's Time and Wavelength Division Multiplexed Super PON (TWDM Super PON), a new standard the vendor claims reduces network operating and investment costs because it extends the transmission distance. This, in turn, cuts the number of central offices that must deploy optical line termination (OLT), thereby reducing equipment, power and space expenditures.
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In his presentation, Lam is slated to discuss both Go-Long technology and the impact Google expects it to have on the industry.
Looking to remind attendees of Google's success in the communications world, Gulzar Azad, country head, Connectivity for India at Google, is scheduled to share a case study on the company's support of connectivity for and involvement in smart city projects around India. Azad will share an overview of India's telecommunications industry, the opportunities within this market, possible monetization models and Google's long-term vision for these goals.
Azad also will look at the Internet of Things' impact on India's urban areas, including its ability to preserve energy and water, enhance disaster relieve and improve quality of life. His presentation is set for Oct. 26 at 3:00 p.m.
At the end of Broadband World Forum, the communications community may not know who's leading the Google Fiber charge, but it certainly will have greater insight into those driving the company's vision forward and what that vision includes.
— Alison Diana, Editor, UBB2020. Follow us on Twitter @UBB2020 or @alisoncdiana.