updated 03:26 pm EDT, Thu April 3, 2014
Google carrier service could supplement Fiber-based Wi-Fi hotspot network
Google may be looking to create its own wireless carrier, according to a report. The company allegedly plans to create some form of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), namely one working on top of an existing cellular network, with the initial target areas for the service said to be markets that already have Google Fiber up and running or will do so in the future.
Sources of The Information claim executives have been discussing the plans, which in theory would allow Google Fiber customers to have "voice and Internet access through their mobile devices wherever they go." It is suggested that Google could use the Wi-Fi hotspots located at fiber installations to provide coverage, with the cellular service taking over when Wi-Fi is not available.
While details about the plan are relatively vague, Google does have a previous history with cellular services. In 2012, the company was rumored to be in talks with Dish to create a new wireless service, among other carriers, though no deals were made. In early 2013, Google requested for an experimental license from the FCC to create a wireless service within two miles of its headquarters. The request covered up to 50 base stations and 200 user devices, strongly suggesting the testing of a mobile network.