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.

Google to cover earth in Wi-Fi via $1 Billion+ worth of satellites

We’ve spoke previously about Google’s ambitious project to provide internet access in hard-to-reach locations, called ‘Project Loon’. Clearly not content with this, the company is looking to spend an expected minimum of $1 Billion on satellites to provide Earth-wide Wi-Fi for the masses.

Its rollout will consist of 180 “small, high-capacity satellites” which will orbit the Earth at a low altitude and be led by field...

By Ryan Daws, 04 June 2014, 1 comment. Categories: Broadband, Google, Infrastructure.

Google Fiber reaches enviable 75% penetration in parts of Kansas

The gigabit broadband service from the world’s most recognisable web company, Google, is still in its relative infancy in terms of national roll-out – but it hasn’t stopped it from succeeding monumentally in areas where customers are benefitting early.

Bernstein Research is reporting that Google Fiber has reached a penetration of 75% in some neighbourhoods in Kansas – an uptake ‘to die for’ and unheard of by most service providers.

Google has changed the overbuild model...

By Ryan Daws, 07 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Google, Industry, Infrastructure, Research.

Google’s Project Loon: 22 days around the world

Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg took 80 days to get around the world in a balloon – if only he could’ve hitched a ride on Google’s “Project Loon” which took 22 days to make the same trip around our big blue planet we call Earth.

Of course Google’s isn’t manned – nor is it to break records. It is part of an ambitious attempt to bring the internet to the masses via balloon.

We reported on Project Loon...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Broadband, Google, Industry, Infrastructure.

“Google Stores” set to invade Three’s stores…

For a long-time it’s been rumoured that Google will, like Apple, have their own retail stores which would showcase the physical hardware the traditionally web-based company has invested heavy amounts of interest in recently…

Obvious inclusions would be Chromecast, Chromebooks, ‘Nexus’ devices, and any smartwatches coming to fruition this year based on the recently announced ‘Android Wear’ platform.

Google...

By Ryan Daws, 25 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Consumers, Google, Industry, Networks.

Google’s Chromecast disrupts everything on TV

The genius minds over at Google have just secured themselves an unstoppable force in the TV entertainment market; making a streaming device so well-priced everyone wants one – sometimes even multiple for every HDMI port in their home.

If you haven’t heard, Google’s Chromecast is a dongle which allows applications such as Netflix and YouTube to be streamed on any screen with a HDMI port.

You may be thinking,”ok, cool, but how does this disrupt everything?

First let’s take into account...

By Ryan Daws, 25 July 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Consumers, Content, Entertainment, Google, Industry, IPTV, Smartphones.

Facebook, Twitter join Google’s call for surveillance transparency

The US Government has been under heavy-fire recently over leaked documents such as PRISM; showing the extent of potentially unwarranted surveillance operations. Companies including Google, Facebook, and Twitter were all pulled into question; now they’re calling for transparency...

At first glance many would think “convenient timing” but, in fairness to those involved, many have taken steps previously for their relevant company to be totally open...

By Ryan Daws, 12 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Consumers, Google, Government, Industry, Security.

Project Loon: Google’s wireless networks to be delivered by balloons

As part of an initiative to get cat videos – I mean the internet – out in developing countries; Google has ambitious plans to deliver access in these locations by balloons, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Bear with me on this; this is a strange thing to write about as well as read I’m sure.

 

The concept is to use a combination of CPUs and Android phones to connect a much larger wireless network,...