Google considering MVNO launch in Fiberhoods

7 Apr 2014

According to an unverified report by US website The Information, search engine giant Google has held discussions with mobile giants Verizon Wireless and Sprint Corporation regarding the potential launch of mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services in selected markets where it currently offers Google Fiber 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connectivity. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Google Fiber is currently commercially available in Kansas City and Provo, Utah. A third city, Austin, Texas, was confirmed as a Google Fiber market in April 2013, but the launch is still pending.

TeleGeography notes that Google has considered dipping its toes in the wireless water several times in recent years, although no concrete progress has ever been confirmed. In January 2013 Google sought permission from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to test an experimental wireless network on its campus in Mountain View, California, using spectrum leased by WiMAX provider Clearwire from several universities. Previously, in November 2012, Google held talks with satellite TV provider – and fellow wireless aspirant – DISH Network regarding a potential mobile network joint venture, although few details were divulged.

United States, Google (Alphabet), Google Fiber