Google Testing Secret Wireless Network? Not much of a secret if it's on the front page of DSLR....
Re: Not seeing what is experimental
said by xenophon:Google has nothing to lose and everything to gain by helping Sprint/Clear speed up their LTE rollout. 4 strong LTE players equals more device usage and more ad revenue for Google.
If the last referenced article is right, it will be LTE on Clearwire and Google devices simply use them. Nothing too experimental about that. CLWR already plans to go to LTE anyway. If anything, this may help push Clear to LTE faster and best case is that Google helps fund.
Now if Google is planning some new protocol, that would be experimental, but doesn't make much sense.
Since Android is the king of the budget device and Sprint is seen as a budget carrier, this makes perfect sense.
said by ssavoy:Not in any dense area. Clearwire is great and would be even better if they had a lot of microcells which would be doable if you had FTTH deployments.
Anything cellular above 2GHz is a mistake. If they have plans for cellular, I hope they deploy it on reasonable spectrum. They have the money.
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Wifi, mesh network, maybe a new protocol. It makes no sense for them to jump into a secret experiment for anything to do with LTE. They get an experimental license from the FCC so they can tweak ota protocols and power outputs, they use modified nexus phones, and they send their people out wandering about the campus making regular old phone calls without using an incumbents network.
When it matures, they deploy it in all their fiber neighborhoods customer equipment and all that excessive bandwidth a few people here complain about gets used for covering areas with a free wireless service for certain models of cell phones.
LTE is an incumbents wet dream because it's a paid pipe, google doesn't need that but investors like to make it seem like they do.
Think of it this way, who has kept you from having regular old voip apps on your smartphone? The incumbents, who hate wifi, hate free, hate knowledgeable customers. This is stupidly simple technology that has existed for decades.
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