Google Planning To Build Wireless Networks In Emerging Markets
In recent years, Google executives have repeatedly said that the next major leap in technology will not likely come from places like America. Instead, it's the next billion or so connections that matter. Getting entire nations onto the Internet for the first time -- now that's innovation waiting to happen. Rather than going the costly wired route, wireless networks are becoming fast enough to suffice. White spaces deployment trials are already underway in places like Africa, and sure enough, the report suggests that Google's wireless expansion would first hit under-served places like sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia. It could also reach people in more rural communities elsewhere, and it may even be used as a secondary network in metro areas.
Google is said to be in talks with select carriers and governments in order to build out networks, and in turn, infiltrate even more users. It's likely all part of an ecosystem play. If Google helps build a network, and cheap Android phones flood in, now Google has even more useful data to mine. And, with more users, it can make more money from ads all over the world.