Potential competition for carriers?
Google is planning tests to lay foundation for a ultra-fast wireless version of its high-speed ‘Fiber’ Internet service.
In its regulatory filing with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the tech major also sought consent to carry out the 180-day test in California across a range of wireless spectrums, also including a rarely-deployed millimetre-wave frequency that can transmit massive data.
Citing Google’s application with the FCC revealed, the company would carry out trials starting on 13 November, at three sites in the San Francisco Bay Area, including one in San Mateo county and two sites half a mile apart.
Google noted that it would deploy radio transmitters operating in the 5.8GHz frequency; the 24.2GHz frequency; and in the millimetre wave bands of 71-76GHz and 81-86GHz.
The technology to beam Internet services directly into homes, would unlock a new path currently led by Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and other well-established cable and broadband providers.
The filing said through the test it can ‘expeditiously test radios in a way that is likely to contribute to the development, extension, expansion or utilization of the radio art’.
Any widespread deployment of the technology would potentially set Google on a competition course with cable and telecom firms.