If you weren't already cursing your municipality for not being one of the handful of towns currently reaping the gigabit joys of Google
(NASDAQ:GOOG) Fiber, prepare to start looking into real estate in Kansas City and Provo, Utah. According to sources with The Infomation
, Google may launch its own mobile network as a supplement to Google Fiber's Internet/TV access in select towns.
Rather than build its own towers and infrastructure, Google is thinking of becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), which licenses its service from one of the country's Big Four carriers -- Verizon
(NYSE:S), or T-Mobile
(NYSE:TMUS) -- and offers it to consumers under its own brand likely for a lower price. This wireless network would allegedly work in conjunction with Wi-Fi hot spots built on the Google Fiber network, allowing customers to use the local access points for calls and data and access the carrier's towers when those hot spots are unavailable.
Essentially, Google Fiber would truly become a low-cost, all-in-one plan for subscribers.
reports that Google has already spoken with Sprint and Verizon about licensing their spectrums. However, if either carrier were willing to play ball, Google would likely have to utilize voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) technology to avoid using its internationally incompatible CDMA voice networks.
Like Google Fiber's gigabit Internet, this mobile network is meant to light a fire under the notoriously slow and unforgivably greedy service providers. (See: America's Internet Speeds Are Embarrassingly Slow.
) But the move could possibly raise the hackles of the very carriers already partnered with Google to sell its Android-brand phones -- at least, the ones whose spectrum Google isn't paying for.
Then again, when you command over half the mobile market share in the country and roughly 80% of the world's, you could stand to flex your muscles a bit.
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