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  • Google Confirms Plans for a Wireless Network, Plans to Reveal More Info in the Future


    Google’s senior vice president of products, Sundar Pichai, recently confirmed earlier speculations by announcing that the company is planning to launch its own carrier at the Mobile World Congress keynote. More details regarding the announcement are set to be revealed in the upcoming months. What Pichai did elaborate was that the company is currently in negotiations with established carriers in an attempt to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Pichai had the following to say regarding the matter:

    We don't intend to be a network operator at scale. We are working with carrier partners. You'll see our answer in coming months. Our goal is to drive a set of innovations we think should arrive, but do it a smaller scale, like Nexus devices, so people will see what we're doing.
    Previous rumors have reportedly pegged Google working with T-Mobile and Sprint on the project. During his keynote, Pichai made sure to make no mentions of any specific allies. He did however state that part of the company’s goal is to better mesh cellular and WiFi services which supports one past rumor in regards to the company using WiFi to enhance coverage. Some MVNO’s like Republic Wireless are already routing calls through Wi-Fi networks. It should be noted that Republic only makes use of Sprint’s cellular network when WiFi isn’t available.

    Aside from this information, Google has been pretty quiet with no additional details being made available. The service could potentially end up having an impact similar to that of Google Fiber, which has currently forced rival ISPs in cities such as Austin and Kansas City to boost speeds in an effort to stay competitive. Google has been driving its key search and advertising businesses by making the Internet faster and easier to access, quite a smart move if you think about it.

    For us iOS device owners, a Google MVNO could potentially offer a cheaper and more cost effective way to connect our devices. We’ll have to wait and see how things turn out.

    Source: CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Confirms Plans for Wireless Network, Plans to Reveal More Info in the Future started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Ambi_Valence's Avatar
      Ambi_Valence -
      Won’t be long before somebody slates this. Wait for it………….
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Surprised Google/Apple don't buy a provider outright. I'm sure Apple at the very least has the cash to do it, and I'm sure Google would have no problem getting backing for a LBO.

      They could be much more innovative with their own netowkr, even if it's MVNO.
    1. wdpower's Avatar
      wdpower -
      I noticed Starbucks wifi is called Google wireless.
    1. Jfzio's Avatar
      Jfzio -
      It's not as simple as purchasing a provider. There are federal regulations as well as shareholders of the actual companies that would need to sign on, if the FCC and Federal Trade commission approved of any acquisition.
    1. SpiderManAPV's Avatar
      SpiderManAPV -
      My whole family, except myself, is on Republic Wireless and love it. I hope that model becomes more of a thing.
    1. fleurya's Avatar
      fleurya -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jfzio View Post
      It's not as simple as purchasing a provider. There are federal regulations as well as shareholders of the actual companies that would need to sign on, if the FCC and Federal Trade commission approved of any acquisition.
      Well the fact that the board would need to approve is a big DUH because the board makes all major decisions. I wasn't talking about some coder or janitor making the call. The board is Google.

      And as for the FCC/FTC I can't see any legal objectiions they would have. It's not like AT&T trying to buy another carrier. If they'll let a cable company buy a broadcast company, why not let a phone maker buy a service provider?

      I'm actually kinda torn about them doing it. Apple will clearly have to answer back in a similar way to keep a competitive/innovation edge, but then you're stuck with a 2 horse race situation and carrier lockdown that could be worse than a 2 year contract. But then again, I'm more tied to my phone OS than my carrier, so it may not be a big deal. If it means more innovative services and cheaper service costs, I say go for it!
    1. Jfzio's Avatar
      Jfzio -
      You have two investors: those investing in Google and either Sprint or T-Mobile. Both set of "investors" need to be on-board. If I were an investor of a provider, my question would be 'Am I being offered enough for my shares? Do I like Google? Their work ethics (i.e., how do they treat their employees, their investors, their footprint on the earth)?

      As an investor of Google, do I agree with other investors or board members with the company as target of this acquisition? Do I see a profit or a loss.

      There are open shares and closed or private shares. The type and the amount of shares controls any acquisition. We're not talking about an investor with $300k in shares. These are people with millions tied in investments in either company.

      The FTC will have hearings, if not litigation. Presently the FTC is in litigation to sue Sysco and their purchase of US Foods.

      I would love to see Google purchase T-Mobile. I believe that this pai would change the playing field and in the long run benefit the consumer in more ways apparent. Unfortunately, it's not so easy.