It's no secret that with stunted growth in internet bandwidths around the world, Google has taken it upon itself to develop high-bandwidth consumer internet technologies, starting off with gigabit domestic internet connections. With cellular internet showing little signs of getting as affordable and available (speed and consumption limits) as wired internet, it's possible that Google is working on advancing its "gigabit for all" agenda to wireless consumers as well.
A recent application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) by Google, seeking a license to temporarily deploy an "experimental radio service" with a coverage area of some 2 miles around its Mountain View, California campus, sparked off speculation that the company could in fact be experimenting with a new wireless high-bandwidth internet technology that beats expensive cellular internet and quirky commercial-WiFi on all counts: availability/coverage, bandwidth, and consumption.
In its application, in which Google almost spoke in metaphors and abstract language, being extremely tight-lipped about specifics, the company sought the commission's nod to use a radio band spanning 2524 to 2625 MHz (currently held by Clearwire), and that 50 base stations and 200 consumer devices would be using the spectrum during the period the license is valid.
|Source||Wall Street Journal|
|Topics||Google, Clearwire, FCC, WLAN, Experimental Technology|