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Google Confirms It's Launching a Mobile Network

Google Confirms It's Launching a Mobile Network

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Google has confirmed that it plans to launch a mobile network using a combination of cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots, reports Fortune. The mobile network is codenamed 'Project Nova'.

Speaking at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Google SVP Sundar Pichai said that phones on its network will switch seamlessly between the cell towers and Wi-Fi connections. Google plans to use existing carriers' infrastructure for cellular side.

“We are creating a backbone so we can provide connectivity,” said Pichai. “We will be working with carriers around the world so they can provide services over our backbone.”

In January, reports claimed that Google had already signed deals with T-Mobile and Sprint to be a wireless carrier.

Pichai wouldn't provide more details at this time; however, the service is rumored to be launching this year.

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Google Confirms It's Launching a Mobile Network

donuthands - March 4, 2015 at 4:18am
This is exactly what Republic Wireless is already doing at extremely low prices. Very interested to see what Google will bring to this model. Big downside is the need for phones that are custom designed for this purpose to switch between cellular and wifi on the fly. At least thats how it is with Republic.
Markjhq2 - March 2, 2015 at 7:09pm
Fantastic idea! I wonder if cross network sharing will be allowed to get rid of dead spots on certain carriers? This could be the unique selling point.
Justabrake - March 2, 2015 at 7:07pm
This is why I like google ! They're always into something ...... Always testing the waters