Friday, November 16, 2007

Will Google Phone Android find a Home in Open Wireless Spectrum?

According WSJ, insiders have informed the Journal that Google is planing to go at the auction alone which would attract offers estimated to be higher than 4.5 Billion Dollars. So the Google Phone, or Android as it is operating system is known now might find it's own home, unlike iPhone.
To cement the facts the Journal also tells us that Google is doing a test run of an advanced wireless network at its Mountain View, Calif., headquarters, gaining operating experience that could come in handy if it wins the spectrum and decides to run a full-scale national mobile carrier.
I did not feel such micro waves when drove past Google today.
The authors of the article also wonders if Google is making a mistake by bidding and entering wireless world. Such things as unfamiliar grounds, making enemies out of telecom carriers etc. Perhaps WSJ is forgetting that Google entered a saturated search engine world. But the main thin I remember was the IPO!, Google did not follow the IPO path that WSJ familiar with and also allowed people like me to add Google shares to our portfolios, which otherwise would have gone in the way of big boys only!
Well Naysayers were wrong then and they could be wrong now. I think Google has the capability, the brain share and the capability to attract more, and certainly money even if they have to borrow some. But I hope they would and we might be able to get away from, even a bit, of this Ma Bell mentality when it comes to communication.
A Google spokesman said in a statement that the company would reveal any plans to participate in the auction by then. "In the meantime, we are making all the necessary preparations to become an applicant to bid," he said. "Our goal is to make sure that American consumers have more choices in an open and competitive wireless world," the spokesman added. Well said and we will know on Dec. 3, FCC deadline for declaring an intent to bid.
But the article is enlightening and I thank KEVIN J. DELANEY and AMOL SHARMA for letting me relive the excitement od Google IPO.


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