Google reportedly building a secret wireless network

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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27 Comments

1. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

GOOGLE #1

10. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 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."

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.

14. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

17. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

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.

23. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 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.

2. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

with great power comes great responsibility google, will you be responsible?

12. MeoCao unregistered

what scares you?

18. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

26. gallison1983

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

3. htc_prep

Posts: 303; Member since: Oct 09, 2009

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

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

5. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 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.

7. BadAssAbe

Posts: 508; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

I rather have cheap and truely unlimited with decent speeds

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

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

8. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

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

9. blackice214

Posts: 168; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

Hopefully its gsm.

13. martinlosha unregistered

The Net will be named SkyNet

15. rhurk

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 19, 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"

16. Valdomero

Posts: 698; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Google is slowly taking over the world

24. drnggaj33

Posts: 127; Member since: Feb 29, 2012

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

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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!

21. stormljones3

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 29, 2009

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

22. akhi216

Posts: 61; Member since: May 01, 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.

25. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

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

27. RGreen

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

Got to love it Google the damn thing

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