Google Could Stitch 5G Into HetNet Future

Dan Jones
News Analysis
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

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

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