When Google experiments, it can have earth-changing consequences. That might be the case with its latest project: the building of a wireless network on-campus at its Mountain View headquarters, reported by the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday. The small-scale network wouldn't have much range, and it would be incompatible with most current-generation iOS and Android mobile smartphones and cellular-capable tablets, given the frequency it would use, but it could work very well in dense urban centers.
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Part of Google's extended plan for the experiment could be eventually offering a wireless service for Google Fiber users, expanding their coverage to an entire metropolitan area when they're outside of a house, for instance. That's just speculation from BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk, in conversation with the WSJ, but it's a plausible enough notion given where the project is spinning up at Google HQ.
SOURCE: DARRELL ETHERINGTON