September 2, 2014

Google to launch wireless network with help of Verizon, report claims

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Google has reached out to Verizon in an effort to help create a wireless network on the back of Google Fiber, says The Information. After also discussing the plans with Sprint, Google is said to have backed away from the carrier once SoftBank acquisitions took place. As it appears, Google could become a mobile virtual network operation (MVNO) .

From the sounds of it, Google would like to build out a wireless network in markets; users may potentially connect via Wi-Fi access points whenever in range of the Fiber network.  If no access points are available then the devices would connect to the carrier’s network.

As of today, Google Fiber networks are found in Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah. Down the road, Google plans to expand to Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; San Jose, California; and more. There’s obviously a lot that must be done before this builds into something that can compete on a national level, but if anyone can do it, it’s Google.

The Information via The Verge