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Revealed: Did Google Fiber UK talks 'fail' because of Sky fear?

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Google has its eyes set on the UK and wants to build a fiber-optic backend in the UK that could change the broadband landscape.

The search giant has, for a long time, publicly said that it would not build a fiber infrastructure outside the US. Behind the scenes, however, it's not looking that way.

The Telegraph reports that the company was in talks for some time with British fiber specialist CityFibre but talks broke down after the latter pulled out.

The risk of jeopardising an ongoing project with BSkyB and Talktalk was cited as the reason why the talks faltered.

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CityFibre feared that BSkyB would pull out as it sees Google as a future rival in the lucrative pay-TV market.

A super fast 1Gbps network would bring that threat even nearer to fruition and Google is already working on 10Gbps services already.

The company has pledged to invest £30 million to create 20 Gigabit cities across the UK with services reaching speeds of up to 1Gbps rolled out to moer than one million locations.

Google confirmed to the newspaper that it had held talks with CityFibre before adding that a British version of Google's Fiber is unlikely to happen anytime soon.

Desire Athow

Managing Editor, TechRadar Pro

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Then followed a weekly tech column in a local business magazine in Mauritius, a late night tech radio programme called Clicplus and a freelancing gig at the now-defunct, Theinquirer, with the legendary Mike Magee as mentor. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global techfests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. He has an affinity for anything hardware and staunchly refuses to stop writing reviews of obscure products or cover niche B2B software-as-a-service providers.