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Google LTE wireless network in the works at Mountain View, a test for a future broader launch?

A recent FCC filing reveals Google is working on an LTE wireless network of its own, which will be initially tested at its headquarters in Mountain View.
January 24, 2013

What better way to make sure Internet users can keep googling for stuff they’re interested in while making money for Google at the same time than to control some of the devices the googling is performed on but also to provide the actual Internet connection?

Google has already managed to get a hold of the post PC mobile search era by developing its own smartphone and tablet operating system which powers hundreds of millions of smart devices. Moreover, it also has its own PC operating system based on the most popular Internet browser out there, and, well, the most popular Internet browser out there.

With products like Android, Chrome OS and Chrome, Google can offer users the means to go online about their daily operations, Search included. And it’s with Search and ads that Google’s gold coffers are filled quarter after quarter.

But that may not be enough for the company, which apparently aims to provide better Internet services to consumers as well. Its Google Fiber project is successfully underway in Kansas City, and the company is also offering free Wi-Fi in Mountain View and in a New York neighborhood. But that may not be enough.

Apparently Google is also interested in building its own LTE wireless network, the Wall Street Journal reports. Sure, this could end up to be just a Mountain View internal project, but redacted FCC documents filed by the company reveal that Google is working on the kind of wireless network that could be geared in the not-so-distant future to consumers.


According to the filing, Google will build a wireless network for “highly competitive consumer electronics” at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.

Initially, the network will operate on a part of the spectrum that’s not so popular with U.S. carriers, from 2524-2625MHz. But international mobile operators will use these frequencies in countries like China, Brazil and Japan for “densely populated areas.” In the U.S., these particular frequencies are controlled by Clearwire, a company that Sprint wants to control.

Will Google offer wireless services in the U.S.?

We can’t answer that question at this time, but the signs are pointing in that direction. After all, why not pair the Google Fiber project with a similar LTE project, both destined to offer faster Internet access to owners of smart devices, from PCs to smartphones and tablets, and therefore faster Google Search results?

Neither Google nor Clearwire are commenting on the matter at this time, and we can only wait to see what Google does next.