US fibre broadband provider Google Fiber has completed the previously announced takeover of Webpass, a San Francisco-based ISP that uses point-to-point wireless technology to deliver Gigabit download speeds. Details of the deal emerged in June this year: Google Fiber notes that a parallel deal for a smaller affiliate, Webpass Telecommunications, is expected to close in Q4 2016, subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals.
Writing on the official Google Fiber blog, company president Dennis Kish commented: ‘Of course, at Google Fiber we’re particularly excited about Webpass’ application of point-to-point wireless deployment methodology. As we’ve said, our strategy going forward will be a hybrid approach with wireless playing an integral part. Webpass has proven that point-to-point wireless is a reliable way to connect more people to high speed internet in a densely populated environment, by setting up wireless transmission links between buildings. Residents simply plug their device or router into the data jack Webpass installs in their unit, and they’re good to go, browsing with speeds reaching up to a Gig.’
Webpass, which was founded in 2003, currently operates in the major urban markets of San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, Miami, Chicago and Boston, as well as the smaller markets of Emeryville, Berkeley, Miami Beach and Coral Gables. The acquired company claims to account for ‘tens of thousands of customers’.