Google Planning To Bring Wireless Networks, Affordable Android Devices To Emerging Markets

Google has always wanted to bring the Internet to everyone on earth, and now that it is growing at such an exponential rate and making so much money, it the chances of that happening are becoming increasingly likely. According to a new report from the Wall Street Journal, this quest may have Google planning to enter the wireless services industry.

According to the report, Google is looking to build cellular networks and offer services to emerging markets, specifically in sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. The networks would supposedly be available outside of the large cities where service is nonexistent or very hit and miss. Google is allegedly in talks with local companies to plan a deployment and find a business model to use to support the network.

One way that Google is supposedly planning to blanket these areas in coverage by using satellites and other things of the like. The report notes that Google has a division of its X project that is working on "special balloons or blimps, known as high-altitude platforms, to transmit signals to an area of hundreds of square miles." It is possible for Google to use a combination of technologies to cover these areas. The networks currently set up in those areas are reserved for TV, but Google is working with local government officials to change that.

The report goes even further to claim that Google is looking to build low-cost Android devices for the emerging markets, but it's unclear exactly how they would be used.

It's clear that Google really wants to cover the entire the entire world with some sort of Internet coverage. In the United States, the company has set up Fiber networks in cities like Austin, Utah, and Kansas City. During its rollout, Google discovered that 25 percent of the residents in Kansas city did not Internet access at their home and 17 percent did not have it at all.

Eric Schmidt famously said that by the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected. "For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected," he said.

By connecting everyone in the world to the Internet, people will obviously be more informed about the goings on in other nations. Bringing Internet to emerging countries would also bring the capability of online education courses to the countries.

Do you think Google will end up having the entire world connected? Let us know down in the comments!

Source: WSJ

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