That’s the word this morning from the Wall Street Journal, which seems to have the best rumor trackers in tech these days. In this case though, they don’t know what Google is actually up to – just that it’s wireless and secret.
Apparently, they’re experimenting with some new kind of network in one building of their Mountain View campus that involves 50 base stations and 200 devices, for which they wanted to redact info from FCC filings to keep things on the QT. But the most interesting detail is that they’re doing it in *licensed* spectrum ranges from 2524-2625Mhz, which just so happens to be owned by Clearwire and recently bid for by Dish, which happens to have been rumored to be talking to Google recently. And the building they’re testing in happens to be the one that houses Google Fiber’s staff. That’s enough to get more than a few conspiracy theories started.
Now, they’re already doing WiFi with Google Fiber in Kansas City, and it’s not as if they’re going to be going solo and inventing a new standard or something to compete with LTE or WiMAX I’d think. So what could they possibly be doing? Whatever it is, you can be sure the anticipation will overshoot as always. But still… it’s Google and they’ve been trying to upset the networking apple cart in any number of ways for years.
My thought is that they’re trying to re-imagine and re-invent the concept of the femtocell, which carriers have pretty much fumbled the ball on for a long time. Teaming that concept with the Kansas City buildout could have unique power in giving Android room to really run. That being said, I don’t know *how* they might be re-inventing them, but perhaps more will emerge over the coming months. I’m open to suggestions!