If you weren't already cursing your municipality for not being
one of the handful of towns currently reaping the gigabit joys of
) Fiber, prepare to start looking into real estate in Kansas City
and Provo, Utah.
According to sources with
, Google may launch its own mobile network as a supplement to
Google Fiber's Internet/TV access in select towns.
Rather than build its own towers and infrastructure, Google is
thinking of becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO),
which licenses its service from one of the country's Big Four
) -- and offers it to consumers under its own brand likely for a
lower price. This wireless network would allegedly work in
conjunction with Wi-Fi hot spots built on the Google Fiber network,
allowing customers to use the local access points for calls and
data and access the carrier's towers when those hot spots are
Essentially, Google Fiber would truly become a low-cost, all-in-one
plan for subscribers.
reports that Google has already spoken with Sprint and Verizon
about licensing their spectrums. However, if either carrier were
willing to play ball, Google would likely have to utilize
voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology to avoid using its
internationally incompatible CDMA voice networks.
Like Google Fiber's gigabit Internet, this mobile network is meant
to light a fire under the notoriously slow and unforgivably greedy
service providers. (See:
America's Internet Speeds Are Embarrassingly
) But the move could possibly raise the hackles of the very
carriers already partnered with Google to sell its Android-brand
phones -- at least, the ones whose spectrum Google isn't paying
Then again, when you command over half the mobile market share in
the country and roughly 80% of the world's, you could stand to flex
your muscles a bit.
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