Google stepping up to create Global Mobile Phone NetworkBy Dania Vargas Austryjak
Same costs regardless of location.
Software giant Google may be on track to creating its own mobile network. Rather than installing its own infrastructure, it plans to use the one currently in place in countries worldwide. The main goal is to provide customers with the same cost on calls, texts and data plan, regardless of the customer’s location.
The planned result would be a global network that would allow users to navigate free of charge while abroad, in order to eliminate expensive roaming rates. To accomplish this, Google is partnering up with Hutchison Whampoa, as revealed by British daily The Telegraph.
Hutchison Whampoa is an investment holding company based in Hong Kong, and the owner of mobile operator Three, which offers service in Italy, Austria, Sweden, Denmark, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland and United Kingdom. It was chosen as a partner to venture into this new type of service, in order to develop a telecom company, beyond the services and tools currently offered.
Sundar Pichai, Senior Vice President at Google explained during the recent Mobile World Congress that Google’s intention is to launch a global mobile network by using existing infrastructure of local and foreign mobile companies and achieving strategic agreements with said providers.
The company has described the project as “small scale” but mobile communication analysts believe it may pressure big mobile operators in the United States, such as Verizon and AT&T to modify their rates and provide benefits on par with their European counterparts.
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