Next-generation connectivity comes to Irvine

It’s one of only 12 markets in the world with Google Fiber

by TOMOYA SHIMURA

Irvine’s planners have designed this city so it can adapt to the future.

One area where you see that happening is technology.

Google Fiber and Southern California Edison are quickly deploying their fiber-optic networks using underground conduit installed over the past few decades.

“Irvine Company had the foresight to install a vast network of conduit,” said Erin Schultz, head of the Google Fiber operations in Orange County. “This infrastructure, coupled with their understanding of the importance of access to high-speed internet, has paved the way for a strong partnership with Google Fiber.”

Google Fiber offers Irvine residents download and upload speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, about 40 times faster than the average internet speed in the U.S. This ultrafast connection lets you download a two-hour movie in less than 10 seconds.

“The service is available at 17 Irvine Company apartment communities. A dozen more properties will be added by the end of the year,” said Schultz.

In August, Google Fiber expanded its high-speed network to the first single-family homes on the West Coast, beginning with Reserve at Orchard Hills in Irvine.

SCE is also leveraging the vast network of conduit, installing fiber optic cabling capable of up to 100 gigabits per second for businesses in Irvine, according to the company.

The SCE fiber network is expected to be available to all retail and office tenants of Irvine Company properties by the end of 2020. Business tenants at 300 and 400 Spectrum are the first commercial properties on the West Coast to receive Google Fiber.

SCE’s new network may help Irvine “become one of the most connected cities in the country,” the company stated.

Residents can check their eligibility for Google Fiber and sign up for updates at google.com/fiber/oc.

For a list of Irvine Company apartment communities featuring Google Fiber: https://www.irvinecompanyapartments.com/rental-living/apartments-with-google-fiber/