According to the Wall Street Journal, Google is “deep” in the process of building up wireless networks in emerging markets, including sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and other similar regions. The search giant is reportedly shopping for local companies to partner up with—Google will fund the rollout—and wants regulators to open up spectrum that’s currently reserved.
The report says Google is willing to provide “its own recently developed wireless technologies to help such networks,” but it’s unclear what technology the sources are referring to. In conjunction with the report, Google is also reportedly working on building new microprocessors and low-end smartphones as well, giving more users the opportunity to own an Android handset.
Possible network solutions being considered by Google include special high-altitude platforms, such as balloons or even satellites. “There’s not going to be one technology that will be the silver bullet,” one source said. The search giant has thus far declined to comment.