Is Google pondering an experimental HetNet?

25 Jan


The plot thickens around Google’s(s goog) mysterious wireless plans. Consulting wireless engineer Steven Crowley this week spotted an FCC application from Google requesting permission to test an experimental radio network in and around its Mountain View campus.

What does Google have up its sleeve? Taken together with other Google wireless and broadband initiatives, this network could be a piece of a larger plan to build a future heterogeneous network, or HetNet, that combines both cellular and Wi-Fi technologies into a single extremely flexible and high-bandwidth system. HetNets will become the mobile carriers’ future network architectures, but there’s nothing precluding Google from deploying one, as well, using all of the Wi-Fi, small cell and unlicensed spectrum at its disposal.

Google’s small cell experiment

Though Google made portions of the application confidential so they’re not viewable by the public, Crowley was able to glean some interesting details from the document, which…

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