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Google reportedly building a secret wireless network

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Google reportedly building a secret wireless network
It seems like these rumors just don't want to go away. Originally, we had heard that Google was looking into building a wireless network in partnership with Dish Network. Dish Network has been attempting to purchase Clearwire, and word had it that the LTE spectrum from that would be used to create an all-IP carrier. Those rumors died down a bit, but now it looks like Google is working on a secret version for its Mountain View campus.

The rumor seems to be confirmed by FCC filings found by wireless engineer Steven Crowley. According to the filings, Google will use up to 50 base stations and 200 "user devices" during the experimental period to create the network. The wireless network will operate in two narrow portions of the 2.5GHz frequency band, which is part of the spectrum owned by Clearwire.

Google tried its best to keep this a secret, even going so far as to redact the request for confidentiality. For now, this is just experimental, and there are no signs that it will grow beyond the testing phase at Mountain View, but this testing is certainly a crucial first step if Google does plan to create its own wireless carrier.

source: FCC 1, 2 & Stephen Crowley & WSJ via The Verge

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 00:23 22

1. Topcat488 (Posts: 1154; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


GOOGLE #1

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 02:19 2

10. gallison1983 (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


Not if they launch their own network. It's like the Microsoft Surface. "Let me license software for you to develop your hardware around my operating system and watch me compete against you with my own hardware."

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 04:10 9

11. MeoCao (unregistered)


Firstly GG does not license anything to any1 concerning wireless networks.

Secondly GG are always unhappy with network carriers for making access to the internet expensive and difficult.

GG is trying to disrupt the wireless industry and this will bring great value to users.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 05:01 9

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4027; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Don't forget Google is tired of carriers delaying updates as well.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:55 2

17. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2675; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Google licenses Google apps for Android. They may be free, but manufacturers still have to follow certain rules to get them.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 08:44 3

19. MeoCao (unregistered)


Google license the apps to phone makers, not carriers.

In fact GG's network will help phone makers as they have more choice.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 09:59

23. MartyK (Posts: 713; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


And they should write/enforce a rule that a manufacturers have 45 days to update their devices (that can be) to the latest os or lose their free license.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 00:37 3

2. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


with great power comes great responsibility

google, will you be responsible?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 04:12 2

12. MeoCao (unregistered)


what scares you?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:55 6

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2675; Member since: 26 May 2011)


A better question is: when has Google proven itself to be irresponsible?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 21:11

26. gallison1983 (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)


To willingly go along with illegal employment practices. A small unrelated blemish doesn't mean that's the only thing they are willing to do.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 00:38

3. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)


it's not really figured if there arr articles posted about it.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 00:42 6

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


"Google tried its best to keep this a secret, even going so far as to redact the request for confidentiality."

Its such a shame how some things just cant be kept a secret these days..........i believe google may have wanted to keep this a secret for a good reason not a bad one......smh these rumor givers need to know their place somtimes

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 00:44 9

5. datsyuk (Posts: 164; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)


Love how they keep experimenting with new things and really trying to one up everyone else. I bet the speeds will be crazy just their Fiber internet is, hopefully they end up do making a nation wide carrier.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 01:20 3

7. BadAssAbe (Posts: 434; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)


I rather have cheap and truely unlimited with decent speeds

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 01:08

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3012; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Aww...PA, why'd you have to spoil the fun?
It ain't a secret anymore is it? :D

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 01:37 1

8. pongkie (Posts: 502; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


if you have a WP you won't be able to connect LOL

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 01:39 1

9. blackice214 (Posts: 163; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)


Hopefully its gsm.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 04:26 1

13. martinlosha (unregistered)


The Net will be named SkyNet

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:35

15. rhurk (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


If they come out with a phone called the Terminator I want nothing to do with it even if it is the greatest thing to come along since sliced bread "I'll be back"

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 07:40 1

16. Valdomero (Posts: 121; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


Google is slowly taking over the world

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 10:13 1

24. drnggaj33 (Posts: 127; Member since: 29 Feb 2012)


this is true because overseas all they have are andriods the iphoes are old and boring ask anyone from overseas

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 09:14

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6517; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Be a dream come true if google hurry to open their wireless. But one question why use dish? Don't they have had service during bad weather like during snow storms? Hope they will bring back unlimited data!

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 09:24

21. stormljones3 (Posts: 4; Member since: 29 Dec 2009)


"It ain't no phone, if the homes can't have none..."

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 09:25

22. akhi216 (Posts: 61; Member since: 01 May 2011)


I'm worried about the 2.5 GHz band that they'll be using. The building penetration would be virtually nonexistent as evidenced by the fail of Clear modems and hotspots. Clear had to cancel plans to make their own smartphones on their network because they knew it would be an instafail after the word got out about how crappy their network is due to that 2.5 GHz band.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:29 1

25. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)


I like the sound of this... let's hope this happen soon!

posted on 26 Jan 2013, 01:13 1

27. RGreen (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jul 2012)


Got to love it Google the damn thing

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