Google is looking to lease bandwidth from Verizon or T-Mobile and launch its own wireless network in cities where Google Fiber is offered.
Google is considering becoming a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) in Google Fiber markets, according to a report by The Information.
The search giant discussed several issues with Verizon in January, one of which was the possibility of becoming a wireless carrier. It is likely that Google would license bandwidth from either Verizon’s or T-Mobile’s mobile networks initially. Google was said to be in talks with Sprint in 2013, but an acquisition by SoftBank curtailed those discussions.
Google’s intentions of launching its carrier service in Google Fiber markets might be to offset congestion by diverting mobile traffic to Wi-Fi. In areas where Google Fiber’s Wi-Fi access points are inaccessible, the service would utilize the wireless network’s bandwidth. Google Fiber is offered in only three cities, but is set to enter new markets later this year.
Google becoming an MVNO might ruffle a lot of features, but it does make sense from Google’s point of view. The search giant could tie in devices that work on its cellular service from the Play Store directly and offer mobile data that is driven through its Google Fiber service and become a complete vertically integrated communications and content company.
Source: The Information