Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes
Web king seeking to build mobile service around Fiber network, says a report
Google is in the early stages of planning to roll out its own cellphone network, an upstart tech news wire is claiming.
The Information cited a pair of sources who had spoken to Google to discuss providing wireless services, including voice calls and mobile data, where the web giant has built up its US fiber broadband network.
"Google executives in recent months discussed their hope to offer a full-fledged wireless service in markets where it offers Google Fiber Internet and TV service, according to two people who have discussed the matter with Google," the paywalled website claims.
"Such an offering would mean Google customers in places like Kansas City, Mo. could get voice and Internet access through their mobile devices wherever they go."
The Register contacted Google for comment on the matter, but it was not available for comment.
Google began its foray into the ISP business in 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri, where it sells wired broadband connections as fast as 1Gbps. That initial project was declared a success and Google moved on to Provo in Utah, and Austin in Texas.
Earlier this year, the company said it will consider nine new markets for the service, including the population hubs of San Antonio, Phoenix, Portland and San Jose (which, despite its status as the capital of Silicon Valley has yet to receive the Fiber treatment.)
The reported mobile expansion would complement other plans Google has rolled out for the Fiber platform. The company has said that it plans to bump data speeds on the service as high as 10Gbps in the coming years. ®