Google is creating a mysterious wireless network in Mountain View

Jan 24, 2013
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Google is creating a mysterious wireless network in Mountain View

When Google starts working on a project, technology fans, and people all around the world start paying attention. Not too long ago Google rolled out its incredibly fast fiber-optic network in Kansas City offering some of the fastest Internet speeds in the country. Word has now surfaced that Google is working on a new project at its Mountain View, California headquarters.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Google is creating an experimental wireless network that covers its headquarters grounds. Some analysts believe that the creation of this network could foretell the creation of an incredibly fast Google wireless network in other locations. These analysts believe that the wireless network is designed to allow people to connect to the Internet using mobile devices.

Some of the details on this wireless network come from an application the Google submitted to the FCC asking for an experimental license to create what the application called an "experimental radio service." The application asked for approval to operate a network with a two-mile radius covering its headquarters. The network uses frequencies that are compatible with any existing consumer electronic devices on the market today.

The network is said to provide coverage for devices that access frequencies ranging from 2524 through 2625 MHz. According to the Wall Street Journal, that frequency range would work well in densely populated areas. The publication also reports that mobile carriers in China, Brazil, and Japan are already building wireless networks using the same frequency range.

That means devices using this frequency range will be coming in the future. I can't help but wonder if this might be Google's plan to get its own wireless network around the country. Wireless engineer Stephen Crowley first discovered the FCC application filed by Google. The engineering notes that these wireless frequencies are controlled by Clearwire and is part of a licensed spectrum.

“The only reason to use these frequencies is if you have business designs on some mobile service,” Crowley said.

[via WSJ]


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