Amazon Tests Its Own Wireless Network in Cupertino

Posted August 23, 2013 at 6:58pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 9010 views

Amazon has reportedly tested its own wireless network in Cupertino, California using spectrum controlled by Globalstar Inc, reports Bloomberg. It's believed that Amazon is investigating the possibility of launching a wireless network that customers could use to connect their devices to the Internet.

The trial underlines how Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is moving beyond being a Web destination and hardware maker and digging deeper into the underlying technology for how people connect to the Internet. That would let Amazon create a more comprehensive user experience, encompassing how consumers get online, what device they use to connect to the Web and what they do on the Internet.

Amazon and Globalstar refused to comment on the report. Shares of Globalstar increased 9.6% by 2:00pm EST.

Notably, Google is also investing in its own network by bidding for wireless spectrum and building fiber-based broadband networks. Recently, the company signed a deal with Starbucks to provide its wireless Internet access.

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kamatis - August 24, 2013 at 5:25pm
This will be what Google did to email when they launched Gmail. Giving us all Gigabyte sized inboxes when Yahoo and Hotmail was offering something like 15MB-50MB. These Telcos and ISPs got us by the neck, and there is a cartel of 3-4 companies controlling the prices for these services. This is such welcome news. I hope Google would move a little faster with its broadband/TV offering already.
iCrunch - August 23, 2013 at 11:04pm
Cupertino, huh?
Bugged Out - August 23, 2013 at 8:14pm
One-Stop spying for the NSA.
crapshoot - August 23, 2013 at 7:58pm
goddam that's great. This is what will crush att sprint and the like. Once we can get our devices on the net without "phone service" then we are free. The phone service is redundant when we have free apps that give telephone service over the web. If I was a billionaire I would have done this years ago. $30/month unlimited internet and that's it. I'd bet amazon will charge much more than that though because they can and still save us money
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