Welcome to another Gigabites. This week, Facebook and Google Fiber both flaunt their wireless gigabit plans, while virtual reality apps promise to make good use of gigabit broadband in the near future.
However, Facebook wasn't the only one testing the wireless waters over the last few days. Google Fiber Inc. told the Kansas City Star that it wants to begin testing new wireless technology in Kansas City, Mo. this year, using spectrum in the 3.5 GHz frequency band. The company applied for and received access to light poles and other fixtures from the city to deploy new antennas for the experiment. Google Fiber said that if the trial is successful, "the Kansas City metro area will be the first Gigabit region to benefit with new advanced wireless services."
In a further interview with Recode, Craig Barratt, who oversees Google Fiber, explained that the company is testing multiple types of high-speed wireless technologies. The goal is ultimately to reach areas that are too expensive to wire with fiber. And as reporter Mark Bergen pointed out, while Facebook doesn't want to operate broadband networks as part of its business, Alphabet Inc. , parent company of Google Fiber, does.
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading