If there’s any company which relies on the web, it’s Google. The giant started life as a search engine and is now behind some of the world’s most popular services, such as YouTube and Gmail, and has even begun to roll-out its own high-speed internet service under the name of Google Fiber.
It’s in Google’s interests to get as many people online as possible, and so beyond becoming an ISP themselves, the company has invested heavily in various different schemes to provide internet access to as many people as possible. The most notable of these investments is ‘Project Loon’ which uses air balloons to deliver such access to remote, hard-to-reach areas.
Google has bought a small 5G cellular technology company called Alpental Technologies. The deal was complete weeks ago but it was decided to be kept under-wraps for the time being and Google refuses to say any specifics about what they have in mind for their newly-acquired asset.
We can speculate at least some consideration is being given to a Google mobile network as an expansion to Google Fiber, and perhaps to boost the already unstoppable rise of Android-powered devices. Of course, over the years Google has invested significant money into various network technologies which will never see the light of day. The talent still remains however and may be the influence to the company’s next big breakthrough.