I'm surprised there isn't more chatter about this. Why would they spend so much money putting up cell towers in 2.5 - 2.6 GHz unless they wanted to do something much larger with it. The knock on clwr's spectrum has always been its coverage is spotty and doesn't penetrate walls well (the Swiss cheese arguement). I would be VERY surprised if we don't see more upward movement tomorrow.
I didn't finish my point about the swish cheese arguement. Perhaps google wants to do some in depth experimentation with 2.5 and 2.6 GHZ to find out for themselves. I can't imagine them doing this without having ownership in the company.
Google Creating Wireless Network, But For What?
First, the facts: Google last week submitted an application to the Federal Communications Commission, asking for an experimental license to create an “experimental radio service” with a two-mile radius covering its headquarters.
The network would only provide coverage for devices built to access certain frequencies, from 2524 to 2625 megahertz.
According to the application, first spotted by wireless engineer Steven Crowley, Google said it would be using wireless frequencies that are controlled by Clearwire Corp., a wireless broadband provider. That means the frequencies are part of what’s called “licensed spectrum” and can be more reliable than Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is unlicensed, meaning it can be used by anyone.
Clearwire on Wednesday declined to say whether it was working with Google on the trial. Companies testing technology on Clearwire’s spectrum typically coordinate with Clearwire when doing so, according to a person familiar with the matter.