Google working on its own wireless network
Google is experimenting with a wireless network on its campus and it could give us an idea of what it wants to do down the road
Google will be creating a wireless network but it will be small, only cover its headquarters and should be considered experimental, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Google applied for a license from the FCC to create an "experimental radio service" over its home base for a wireless network that would work in the 2524 to 2625 megahertz frequencies. Those types of bands aren't typically used in standard iPhones, Android handsets or tablets, so this would really be experimental.
The Wall Street Journal does point out that those bands could be useful in highly populated countries like China or Brazil in the future. The first use of this network will be in the building that is responsible for the Google Fiber team, so you just know Google has some neat ideas on what it can do with this network.
The Verge has an interesting interpretation: The spectrum that it is experimenting with is also spectrum that Clearwire owns across the nation. Clearwire is in the middle of a bidding war between Sprint and Dish Network and Google has been rumored to be working with Dish Network on a national carrier.
Could this be the beginning of a larger, Google-owned, nationwide carrier?
I doubt it. Remember, this is Google. It likes to do a lot of seemingly wacky things such as Wave and kill them if it doesn't work. It's also working on Google Glass, driver-less cars, green energy and a host of other big-time projects that may not pan out but will give it data and understanding, nonetheless.
[Via The Wall Street Journal]