2009 INL Wireless Test Bed

Five years ago, Google launched Fiber, a super-fast broadband service in a few US cities.  Instantly becoming direct a direct competitor to every internet provider including Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Charter.

Now, Google Access’s Craig Barrett has indicated that they are looking to beam a wireless signal directly into US homes.  Hevtold re/code “[W]e are experimenting with a number of different wireless technologies.”  Google Access is the part of Google that oversees Fiber.

In a potentially huge develop, if Google can wireless connect Americans to the internet, they can skip the expensive and long process of installing physical cables through city infrastructure.

In a consumer benefit, it would free us from the terrible customer service and hostage like tactics of the current broadband providers.

“If Google can figure out how to make the technology work, that would reverberate across the broadband industry, since it would solve the expensive ‘last mile’ problem that broadband companies usually tackle by stringing a web of wires directly into homes,” says Mark Bergen at re/code.

At the moment, details are pretty murky.  Information is held pretty close to the vest with technology that could change an entire country.  Not to mention the fact that Facebook has a similar initiative.  Barrett explained that they have to figure out a way to connect wireless towers to existing fiber lines to beam out the wireless network.

“We’re really transitioning from our earlier work, which was more of an experiment, to a real business,” he said.

To achieve a speed that will rival broadband services, Google is going to need a new technology.

Luckily, researchers around the world have already been working on wireless networks with this capability.  Project Decibel is one example that is set to launch in Boston later this year.

“The wireless network will achieve gigabit speeds using high-frequency spectrum, including millimetre waves, the company said. Millimetre waves start at 30GHz and require line-of-sight connections, which might limit availability. Signals will be sent to a receiver that customers can place in a window.”

Meanwhile in England Surrey 5G Innovation just achieved 5G speeds of 1 terabit per second over a 100 meter distance.  The fastest wireless connection thus far.

“We have developed 10 more breakthrough technologies and one of them means we can exceed 1 Tbps wirelessly,” Rahim Tafazolli, the director of 5GIC,told Dan Worth at UK technology news site V3. “This is the same capacity as fibre optics but we are doing it wirelessly.”

The possibilities are out there for Google to achieve this incredible vision of wireless connectivity.