AT&T: Not Too Worried About Google Wireless

6 thoughts on “AT&T: Not Too Worried About Google Wireless”

  1. Some facts (or at least solid speculation).
    AT&T will bid on and win a major chunk of the Lower Band A and or B Block of 700Mhz spectrum, to fill in the holes in their Nationwide License-they own 72 License in the Lower Band C Block they got from Aloha. If they get real aggressive and want to totally dominate the Last Mile Broadband space (Wired and Wireless) they could very well gain some 40Mhz of Lower Band Spectrum and be able to deploy a true 4G network (in 2009/2010 and not have to wait for the LTE technology due in 2011/2012+.
    They really do not have to enhance their Cell Network that already dominates the Cell Broadband Data side of the market with HSDPA.
    It is Verizon Wireless that needs to win the Upper Band C Block in order to remain competitive to AT&T. VW will be the competitor to Google for the Upper C Block space, unless of course they shock everyone and team with Google on this Open Network.

    Jim

  2. I’m flummoxed. I don’t see where this fits into Google’s mission of organizing the world’s information.

    I understand there may be cash to burn through (as they may lose it to taxes, anyway) but surely, there are better uses for the excess cash on Google’s balance sheet.

  3. Okay lets look at Google and what they do and overlap the 700MHZ spectrum.

    1. Their main business is advertising
    2. they have invested in Muni-wifi
    3. they have invested in Android
    4. they have invested in Fon
    5. they have invested in dodgeball.

    If you add all these things up, I don’t think that Google is looking to be a cellphone carrier. They are looking to provide a nationwide “google wireless network” that will be ad based and free.

    All they would need is a skype like company in their portfolio and they could have a lock.

    then 3rd party manufacturers will make google devices to use their network. they can use dodgeball tech to do location based services, use fon to make repeaters,

  4. Hmm, ‘Android’, ‘Open Handset Alliance’ call me Yodic, but this is all starting to sound a bit Star Wars to me, perchance the first handset will be called the X-Wing or At-At and there’s sure to be room for some people of restricted height talking too loudly on public transport into Googlic transponders whilst dressed in Lucian bear suits?

    Google are late to the game and it’s all a little desperate, let’s listen in 12 months when all this hype about hype (clearly borrowed from the iPhone marketeers, which is and of itself akin to a surrogate child) shows some real results.

    All talk and no touchphone maketh for hottish air.

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