Apr 03 AT 1:10 PM Nick Sarafolean 6 Comments

Google in talks about launching wireless network

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With Google Fiber slowly being installed across the nation, it stands to reason that Google might want to do more than test the waters of providing internet. The Information is reporting that Google executives have discussed the idea of launching a wireless network in cities that have had Google Fiber installed. Google has reportedly reached out to both Verizon and Sprint to discuss a possible partnership, although discussions with Sprint took place in early 2013 and died out when Sprint was acquired by SoftBank. The discussions with Verizon, however, were said to have taken place this year, and there’s no confirmation on whether these are still in progress.

Obviously, the number of cities with Google Fiber is still extremely low. But Google is known for experimenting and could try this approach while switching to a partnered carrier when leaving Fiber cities. The Information also brought up the fact that Google could partially depend on Wi-Fi access points from the existing Fiber network. Devices on Google’s wireless network would automatically connect to a Google Fiber network whenever in range without needing to log into the network independently. They would act as mini-towers to connect to, with the wireless network providing service when the Fiber networks are either too far out of range or are insufficient for service.

A move like this would certainly raise some eyebrows and could be a risk for Google. Nonetheless, many of us can see Google experimenting with such a concept, even if it wasn’t meant for the nationwide mainstream.

What are your thoughts on this report?

Via: The Verge

Source: The Information

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  • redraider133

    Maybe this was that “special project” that Google was rumored to be working with verizon on. This would be awesome, if it is anything like how they are handling pricing of their google fiber network. Lets hope this ends up being true.

  • Nate B.

    Google is always sweet with pricing. When this comes to the masses I wanna hop on.

  • Jeff Martinez

    If you bring the service to Phoenix I will be ready with pen in hand.

  • renyo

    Wouldn’t anything wireless beat the purpose of Fiber?

  • jnffarrell1

    Talking to telcos about renting unused bandwidth to increase the access of consumers to bursts of info (at Gbits/sec) while they are out and about. is not the same thing as setting up a voice network. Sure, thats what telcos use towers for but it it’s not Googly.

  • donger

    Can’t wait to see what Google could do.