August 29, 2014

Will Google and Dish Network disrupt wireless industry?

google_cell_tower_720

It could be a few years off, but Google and Dish Network may be looking to disrupt the wireless industry. How so? By partnering to launch their own wireless service that will “rival the networks” of dominant players like Verizon and AT&T.

A new report out of Wall Street Journal advises that the two companies have been getting a bit cozy with each other and could be three to five years away from deploying a network. Of course all of this is subject to FCC and other regulations and should only be considered a rumor at this stage. Seeing as how things are coming from “people familiar with the matter” and neither Google nor Dish have said anything, it’s just speculation.

Rumor or not, the idea of Google becoming a service provider is not all that far-fetched. The tech giant is already in the first stages of rolling out a broadband service and, thus far, things sound promising. Given that everyone knows the focus is on mobile, Google would be silly to not consider partnering with some industry players to push the agenda forward.

WSJ (Subscription required)