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Report: Amazon testing its own wireless network

Mon, 08/26/2013 - 2:40pm
Ben Munson, Wireless Week

Amazon could be going full-service soon as Bloomberg reports the e-commerce goliath is testing out its own wireless network.

The report cites people familiar with the matter and says that Amazon’s test network, in Cupertino, California—Apple’s backyard—used spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar.

The move would bridge the gap between Amazon’s hardware and web services. Much like Google’s own advances in connectivity, if Amazon’s network ambitions came to fruition, it would mean greater control for the company.

The Bloomberg report goes on to specify that it’s unclear whether Amazon’s network testing is ongoing. Globalstar is in the process of getting the FCC to approve a large chunk of its spectrum for terrestrial deployment and Amazon could prove to be a valuable partner in building out the network.

Globalstar is said to consider leasing its spectrum if it’s approved by the FCC.

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