Verizon and Google to share network services: report
The two top U.S. wireless carriers are working to develop a unified wireless network that would offer speeds comparable to the top U,G, and J networks.
The two companies announced the agreement Monday in an announcement on the company’s blog.
“This agreement gives us a much better chance to bring wireless to the next level,” Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam said.
McAdam’s company, the nation’s third-largest wireless carrier, is investing $100 billion in its network over the next decade to increase broadband speeds and provide better voice service.
Google is also looking at building out its own network of networks.
Google Fiber is also in talks to build out a wireless network in the U.K., according to a report by The Wall Street Journal.
Verizon and Google’s wireless networks are expected to be similar in speed, capacity, and customer support, according to the two companies.
It’s not clear whether Verizon and/or Google will offer similar speeds and support, or if the companies will focus on other features, like video, that Verizon is trying to build into its wireless service.
Verizon’s wireless service is currently being rolled out through AT&T’s Nextel, which is owned by Verizon.
AT&amt also owns Time Warner Cable.