Intriguing Google acquisition hints at big wireless carrier ambitions

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We’ve known for a while now that Google has been toying around with becoming a wireless service provider and a new acquisition spotted by GeekWire gives us some more evidence that the company is looking to get into this market in a big way. Apparently, Google recently acquired Alpental, a small startup that was founded by two former Clearwire engineers named Pete Gelbman and Mike Hart. The company was never exactly well known outside of tech circles but GeekWire says that before it got scooped up by Google, it “was developing technologies related to 5G, the next generation wireless network” that “could have applications in connecting fiber to the home and… Google’s municipal wi-fi offerings.”

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