Google close to large-scale Project Loon deployment

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Project Loon once seemed to be just another of Google's crazy experiments, but it's gone from strength-to-strength over the past couple of years and now the web giant is looking for an Indian carrier to run a full pilot service to a large number of people in the region. 

Although unconfirmed, there are...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Connectivity, Developing Countries, Google, India, Industry, Infrastructure, Rural.

#MWC16: RCS steps forward as Google and GSMA launch client with operators

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RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is how operators will continue the fight against feature-rich OTT services like WhatsApp through an interoperable standard enabling things like group messaging, IP voice calls, and file sharing between networks. 

As traditional SMS use declines, it will be RCS which hopes to retain those...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Apps, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

'Project Loon' is almost ready for lift-off

Google's ambitious plan to connect the world via balloons, Project Loon, is preparing for lift-off as the web giant reports it has "almost perfected" the technology and will announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. 

Speaking at the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa, the good news comes from Google's regional business lead, Wael Fakharany. He believes that it's now "time to scale" the technology in Africa, and connect people to the rest of the world via high-speed broadband. 

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Google acquires Jibe Mobile – backs it to lead Rich Communications standard

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Earlier this week, we reported on new research from Juniper which points towards OTT voice providers expecting to witness a fivefold revenue increase over the next five years at the expense of traditional operators' voice revenue – which is on a serious decline. 

Part of the reason for this decline in voice revenue...

By Ryan Daws, 01 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, OTT Services, Standards.

Google's wireless service - is it what customers want?

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First announced back at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google is due to launch their phone service from tomorrow. The big question is, will Google be able to deliver an attractive-enough proposition that customers will want to switch from their current national mobile provider?

According to research from Amdocs, this is where Google could have an issue. In their '

By Ryan Daws, 22 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Disruption, Google, Industry, Innovation, N America, Operators, Research.

Project Loon takes flight with Australian carrier

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The goal of Google's "Project Loon" is to enable internet access through balloons which beam a 4G-like signal back down to the earth 20km below. Telstra, a large Australian mobile carrier, has agreed to buddy-up with Google to launch 20 balloons over western Queensland in December in a test which marks Loon's...

By Ryan Daws, 17 November 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Disruption, Google, Infrastructure, Innovation, Research, Wireless.

Google could bypass its 'Fiber' for ultra-fast wireless

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If there's a company whose best interest is to get as many people online as possible, it's Google. The web giant knows this more than anyone, and has already launched its well-received high-speed ISP service in select US-based locations where demand is high.

Google appears to be testing new technology which will bypass the...

By Ryan Daws, 16 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Google, Infrastructure, Research, Wireless.

Google backs $300 million Trans-Pacific high-speed internet cable between US and Japan

There's a Mountain View-based tech giant who has a love of speed and the internet, and they prefer it when they're together. The bulk of international internet communications is through a network of undersea fiber cables which link countries together and require significant investment to keep running and protected from the elements.

A new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system (quite the mouthful) is due by Q2 2016 called "FASTER" and, naturally, has got the backing of Google. In addition to Google's...

By Ryan Daws, 12 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Fiber Optic, Google, Industry, Infrastructure.

Google acquires 5G firm Alpental Technologies

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...

By Ryan Daws, 23 June 2014, 0 comments. Categories: 5G, Google, LTE, Networks.