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Google confirms plans to provide wireless service in the U.S. as MVNO

By Jos
Mar 2, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src='https://static.techspot.com/images2/news/header/2015/03/2015-03-02.jpg' class='intro-image' /></p><p>Speculation about Google&rsquo;s wireless service ambitions has been going on <a href="https://www.techspot.com/tag/MVNO/">for a while</a>. During his Mobile World Congress speech today, Google&rsquo;s Senior Vice President and Android chief Sundar Pichai finally confirmed the long-standing rumors, but noted it would be a relatively&nbsp;small scale undertaking with the goal of bringing a set of innovations to the wireless industry.</p> <p>Pichai compared the approach to what their Nexus initiative set out to do for Android devices, showing a better way of doing things but still focusing on an ecosystem approach with strong partnerships.</p> <p>He didn&#39;t go into many details during his address in Barcelona, but mentioned they are working with &ldquo;carrier partners&rdquo; and will share more in the coming months. The current plan appears to be to operate a network in the form of <a href="http://techcrunch.com/2015/03/02/google-sundar-pichai-mvno/">an MVNO</a>, piggybacking on infrastructure from existing carrier heavyweights. Among the innovations mentioned by Pichai are making cellular and Wi-Fi seamless, and automatically reconnecting dropped calls.</p> <p>There was no mention of any specific carrier partners&nbsp;but <a href="https://www.techspot.com/tag/MVNO/">previous reports</a> suggest Google has been speaking with Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon.</p> <p>Google is no stranger to the network side of business. Aside from launching a commercially available high-speed Internet service called <a href="https://www.techspot.com/tag/google+fiber/">Fiber</a>, which is slowly <a href="https://www.techspot.com/news/59539-google-fiber-expansion-targets-atlanta-nashville-more.html">expanding</a> to more cities in the U.S., the company is also experimenting with stratospheric balloons as well as super lightweight solar-powered drones to beam down Internet access in remote areas of the world.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/59914-google-wireless-mobile-network-mvno.html' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href='https://www.techspot.com/news/59914-google-wireless-mobile-network-mvno.html'>https://www.techspot.com/news/59914-google-wireless-mobile-network-mvno.html</a></p>[/parsehtml]
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  2. Mmmm competition...sort of; better than nothing :p

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