During a keynote session at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Monday of this week, the senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps at Google Inc. Sundar Pichai, announced the Internet giant will launch their very own wireless service as an MVNO in the coming months. This news comes following numerous reports over the last few months that have claimed Google have been planning to launch their own wireless network. Many people have thought that a Google MNVO is just what the wireless industry in the United States currently needs.
For Google to become a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO, it would mean they will likely team up with one of the other network carriers in order to run their own wireless service using one or more networks. This comes at a time when Google have several of their own projects for delivering Internet access to people, such as the Titan project and the much anticipated Project Loon initiative.
During the keynote speech, Pichai confirmed Google are working with other carriers on the roll out of the wireless service. It was reported previously that Google’s wireless service would be capable of automatically switching between carriers connectivity, such as T-Mobile and Sprint, based upon which network offered the best wireless service at a given location.
Pichai did not however provide many other details concerning this initiative, but he did lean towards the fact that this project would launch on the scale of its Nexus devices, at least initially anyway. This could be a hint that the service may be paired with its own Android devices, but who knows?