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Google is creating a wireless network on its campus as part of an "experimental radio service"

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday January 24, 2013.

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The Googleplex, Google's sprawling headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., will gain additional wireless coverage from a new provider - Google. What exactly does the company have planned for this network?

The Digits blog reports that Google has submitted an application to the FCC requisiting a license to launch an "experimental radio service" over a two-mile radius that covers the Googleplex. The network would operate on the 2525 to 2625 spectrum, which is currently not used by any existing mobile device in the U.S. Google declined to say why it applied for the license and its application does not reveal any details that would explain the nature of its experiment.

The natural assumption to make is that Google might use the small-scale network to test out a wireless network, but it could just as easily be a precursor to setting up testing for future devices that would tap into the 2525 to 2625 spectrum. Google is licensing the spectrum from Clearwire, and carriers in Brazil, China, and Japan have devices using those frequencies. Perhaps Google is making the request to test out future Motorola devices that would be compatible.

If Google were creating a small test of a potential wireless service that might expand in the U.S., it would be the first step to a major shake-up to the wireless industry. It would also make Google, which already spearheads Android and owns Motorola, the only company with the ability to independently dictate how smartphones are used from inception to delivery to consumers.

source: WSJ Digits

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