Google Could Stitch 5G Into HetNet Future

Google is hunting for an engineer to test 5G and more for future heterogeneous networks.

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

August 10, 2016

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Google Could Stitch 5G Into HetNet Future

Google is looking for an engineer who can test current and future wireless technologies -- including 5G -- so that it can further develop heterogeneous networks that knit different mobile technologies into a single entity.

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is currently advertising for a wireless systems engineer to investigate "mobile wireless technologies needed for tomorrow’s networks." This will include the latest 4G LTE networks and "solutions for next generation 5G systems."

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Google is also interested in heterogeneous networks that can transverse both public and private spectrum. This is keeping with the search giant's current approach to its own-brand Fi offering, which switches between public WiFi bands and licensed 4G spectrum. (See Google's WiFi-First Mobile Service 'Fi' Is Here.)

The prospects for networks in the US that use unlicensed spectrum -- or a combination of public and private bands -- recently got a shot in the arm. The FCC agreed to open up a massive 7GHz of unlicensed bandwidth between 64GHz and 71GHz for 5G applications. (See Ready, Set, Go! FCC Votes for First 5G Spectrum.)

It's quite possible that Google is interested in some of the super-charged WiFi-type applications, and more, that this huge public band could enable.

Google has looked for similar job candidates able to combine WiFi, 3G and 4G before through its Google Fiber Inc. operation. (See Google Searching for 5G Wireless Engineer.)

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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