Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Google Confirms Plans for Wireless Service

It’s official: Google wants to offer a wireless service, but not like just any other phone carrier.
The company plans to team with existing carriers to sell services on their networks. But Sundar Pichai, a senior vice president of Google, says the company’s goal is to provide a proof of concept for a phone service that blends Wi-Fi and cellular networks together seamlessly.
“We are thinking about how Wi-Fi and cell networks work together and how to make that seamless,” Mr. Pichai said in an on-stage interview at the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona, Spain.
Mr. Pichai did not say which carriers Google planned to team with. He said more details about the cellphone service would become public soon.
Google is experimenting with a hybrid approach that offers mobile voice and data services primarily through Wi-Fi signals. It would fall back on cell towers in areas where Wi-Fi is beyond reach, sources say. Industry insiders call this a “Wi-Fi first” approach.
Read more.

No comments:

Post a Comment