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Google to Become A Wireless Carrier

On Monday, Google dropped several major pieces of news. First, the Mountain View company announced a new payment API, Android Pay. Google also confirmed the reports that it would be creating its own wireless service. However, this network would/will be very small and not intended to compete with the big four. Rather, the network would serve as more of an experiment, a sort of test ground for new technical innovations on a carrier wide scale:

The service would be small-scale and not intended to compete with the four big U.S. national carriers, Sundar Pichai [Pictured Above], the Google executive who oversees Android, told an industry conference in Barcelona. Instead, it would be intended to demonstrate technical innovations that carriers could adopt.1

In fact, Google will not be building out any network of its own. Instead, though there were no solid details or partners named, Google would/will be partnering with the existing carriers to resell service. Pichai offered a good analogy for Google’s wireless service:

Google has talked to carriers about its plans, Mr. Pichai said. He said its approach would be like the one Google adopted with its Nexus phones, which the company uses to demonstrate its vision for how Android should operate, even as the vast majority of Android phones are sold by other manufacturers.2

The details, at this point, are noticeably slim. That said, it seems safe to assume that more details will be released as we get closer to Google I/O.

  1. Lisa Fleisher and Alistair Barr, The Wall Street Journal, “Google Confirms Plan to Offer Wireless Service,” 2 March 2015  
  2. Lisa Fleisher and Alistair Barr, The Wall Street Journal, “Google Confirms Plan to Offer Wireless Service,” 2 March 2015