Google reportedly building a secret wireless network
posted by Michael H. / Jan 24, 2013, 12:20 AM
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.
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posted on Jan 24, 2013, 12:23 AM 22
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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 Jan 24, 2013, 2:19 AM 2
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 Jan 24, 2013, 4:10 AM 9
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with great power comes great responsibility google, will you be responsible?
posted on Jan 24, 2013, 12:37 AM 3
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A better question is: when has Google proven itself to be irresponsible?
posted on Jan 24, 2013, 7:55 AM 6
"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 Jan 24, 2013, 12:42 AM 6
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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 Jan 24, 2013, 12:44 AM 9
The Net will be named SkyNet
posted on Jan 24, 2013, 4:26 AM 1
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Google is slowly taking over the world
posted on Jan 24, 2013, 7:40 AM 1
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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 Jan 24, 2013, 9:25 AM 0
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