Google working on small wireless network project in overseas markets

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Sources have revealed that Google is engaged in talks with Hong Kong conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa, owner of U.K. wireless carrier Three, to establish a “small scale” mobile network. The network does not appear to be one that consumers could sign up for regular service, serving instead as a means for U.S. travelers to use their phones while traveling abroad without incurring expensive international charges. Ultimately the wireless service in overseas locations would be tied back to Google’s attempt to create a U.S.-based mobile network to compete with the existing major carriers.

The ability to offer international calling and data support at no-cost or at a very low cost would put Google in a position to put some pressure on U.S. carriers. Sources suggest Google is interested in driving major carriers to reduce their pricing for services so the profit margin is more in line with overseas carriers. This makes sense for Google who would want access to be as cheap as possible so as to keep more customers online using Google services.

Besides the price pressure Google may eventually bring to bear, sources think Google’s move may also put more pressure on carriers to create more extensive coverage with WiFi based hotspots. Consumers may also see more pressure on carriers to reduce or eliminate roaming charges. Three is already pushing for their elimination and it appears European regulators may be planning to address the issue as well.

source: The Telegraph

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.

  • Andy J

    Well….. the headline of this article has nothing at all to do with the content of the story :(
    A “small wireless network project” is considered to be a wireless network, anything involving a mobile network (or cellular service) is NOT and never has been anything remotely to do with a wireless network – other than as a technicality.