According to a new report from The Information, Google has been exploring the possibility of providing its own wireless network in cities where Fiber, its ultra high-speed broadband service, exists.
After thrusting itself into competition with U.S. cable operators, Google is inching closer to competing with wireless carriers, too.
Google executives in recent months discussed their hope to offer a full-fledged wireless service in markets where it offers Google Fiber Internet and TV service, according to two people who have discussed the matter with Google. Such an offering would mean Google customers in places like Kansas City, Mo. could get voice and Internet access through their mobile devices wherever they go.
While the report seems to be vague on specifics, it suggests that a potential Google-operated wireless provider could use WiFi access spots built on Google Fiber’s gigabit broadband and rely on another wireless provider in the area to provide service to cover the gaps.
The process would make Google a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) as it purchases and distributes service from a carrier with presence in the area to its own customers.
The report describes conversations between Google and Verizon officials from January where the former party expressed interest in launching an MVNO, and says similar talks between Google and Sprint in 2013.
Earlier last year, Google began providing WiFi for Starbucks locations across the US replacing AT&T’s service with faster speeds.