Date
19 November 2017
Google aims to drive a set of innovations with its planned new wireless service, says Sundar Pichai, who oversees the firm's Android business. Photo: WSJ
Google aims to drive a set of innovations with its planned new wireless service, says Sundar Pichai, who oversees the firm's Android business. Photo: WSJ

Google plans to launch its own ‘small-scale’ wireless service

Google Inc. confirmed plans to launch its own wireless service in the United States on a small scale to “show what’s possible”.

The service is not aimed at competition with the big national wireless carriers, the Wall Street Journal quoted Sundar Pichai, the Google executive who oversees Android, as saying at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. 

“You will see us announce it in the coming months,” Pichai said. “Our goal here is to drive a set of innovations which we think the system should adopt.”

The move is a strong signal that Google’s ambitions extend beyond selling advertising and services over the Internet to influencing how Internet access is delivered, the Journal noted.

Google’s planned service will sift through cellular connections from Sprint and T-Mobile and Wi-Fi hot spots, picking the best signal for routing calls, texts and data, according to the report.

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