Google's Project Fi MVNO will not be a "game changing" move in the wireless industry, for a variety of reasons related to its pricing, scope and experimental nature. However, it could push the wireless industry in a new direction and spur carriers provide faster service and introduce more consumer-friendly offerings, which I think would be a net positive for customers and the wider industry.
It was probably apropos that Google would announce its MVNO on the second day of the Wi-Fi Innovation Summit. After all, many of the players at the summit are pioneers in the Wi-Fi-to-cellular handoff business.
Finally and officially, Google has unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US.
Google is officially getting into the wireless business, and unwrapped its "Project Fi" MVNO in partnership with Sprint and T-Mobile US. The service will let customers dynamically switch between the carriers' LTE networks and Wi-Fi networks, and will also give customers credits for their unused mobile data, as had been expected.
AT&T is seeing that the rollout of fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) is the only way it can realistically compete with both existing cable operators and emerging players, such as Google Fiber, that are offering higher speeds than it can deliver on a fiber-to-the-node (FTTN) architecture.
This year's spring Comptel trade show in Orlando, Fla., once again reflected a competitive industry that's in transition. The show featured three keynote speeches from members of the service-provider industry and even a lawmaker: Representatives from Google Fiber and Sprint were keynote speakers, as was Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla).
Google's MVNO could launch this week, according to a Wall Street Journal report, and it will give customers credit for unused mobile data.
Google Fiber may finally get the green light it needs to bring its 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) service to Portland, Ore., as state lawmakers signed a law that would exempt gigabit Internet service from a decades-old property tax initially intended for microwave towers.
Will Comcast, Cablevision, Google and other companies take a "Wi-Fi first" approach to compete with traditional wireless carriers on a large scale across the U.S.? Probably not, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk.
Since launching a handful of balloons in New Zealand at its Project Loon launch in 2013, Google says it has flown millions of test kilometers around the world trying to learn what it will take to provide Internet connectivity with balloons.