GOOGLE’S GRAND PLAN

Finweek English Edition - - TECHNOLOGY -

Ac­cord­ing to The Wall Street Jour­nal, In­ter­net search gi­ant Google Inc is plan­ning to build and help run wire­less net­works in emerg­ing mar­kets in an ef­fort to con­nect “the next bil­lion”. Th­ese wire­less net­works would serve ar­eas such as ru­ral sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, and in some cases, Google would use air­waves re­served for tele­vi­sion broad­casts. It has re­port­edly been in dis­cus­sions with SA reg­u­la­tors re­gard­ing their plans, al­though lo­cal spokes­peo­ple have de­clined to comment. “The ac­tiv­i­ties un­der­score how the Web search gi­ant is in­creas­ingly aim­ing to have con­trol over ev­ery as­pect of a per­son’s con­nec­tion to the Web across the globe,” noted the WSJ’s Amir Efrati.

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