Google Launches ‘Project Fi’ Network in US

By Tim Maytom

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Google has announced plans to launch a virtual network in the US under the name ‘Project Fi‘, with the aim of disrupting existing services and encouraging innovation in the mobile network market.

The search giant will rent voice and data capacity from two existing network operators, Sprint and T-Mobile, as well as using existing wi-fi hotspots to provide coverage rather than create its own infrastructure to support the project.

Google’s entry into the network market has been rumoured for several years, and the company’s interest in a virtual network were confirmed by Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of products, earlier this year.

“Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” said Nick Fox, vice president of communications products at Google, in the blog post announcing the project. “By designing across hardware, software and connectivity, we can more fully explore new ways for people to connect and communicate.”

Initially, the network will only be available on Google’s own Nexus 6 handsets, with coverage available in varying degrees throughout the US, and owners having to …read more

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