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[Rumor] Google To Become Telecom Provider in Spain?

Aaron Tilton
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Could the Korean government's fears be true? Is Google's vertical expansion taking it beyond our beloved open source platform and transforming it into a complete telecommunications provider larger then the Apple ecosystem? Excuse my hyperbole but the latest rumors out of Spain seem to confirm Korea's nightmares of a Google mobile monstrosity which could change the face of the Android community as we know it. According to a series of rumors and leaked images, Google has equipped its employes with self-branded SIMs and Nexus S phones and instructed them to test out different telecom providers on the Iberian peninsula. If the rumors are true, this could be a classic “sizing up” of the competition before the company enters the market.

While there is no direct confirmation of the move, the rumors seem to point to Google entering the Spanish market as a MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) in other words a company who leases frequencies from established mobile providers and repackages it for consumers. If true this would mark a major change in Google's business plan and one that would give the one-time software provider the possibility to expand into all major areas of the smartphone business.

Google has long maintained the position that they do not wish to expand beyond their current role as a OS producer, their acquisition of Motorola Mobility and its associated production facilities marked the first step in a path of vertical expansion that reportedly caused the Korean government to pressure LG and Samsung to develop a Korean made alternative to the Android system. If true this would indicated that the Koreans fear Google is planing to develop a closed production system a la Apple which would leave LG and Samsung by the wayside. The announcement that Samsung's own Bada OS would be going open source in the near future might have been the first salvo in a new OS conflict in the smartphone community.

If these rumors turn out to be true, it looks like were going to have a lot to write about in the coming months.

 

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  • Di Tao Sep 23, 2011 Link

    I don't really know what to think about this. I mean I really like Android but the slant of the piece is that this is a bad thing and I don't understand why. If Google can make the software, make the phone and integrate it with a Google brand cell provider isn't that a good thing for us? It just means the same quality will flow down from a central soruce doesn't it?

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  • Bob Hart Sep 23, 2011 Link

    Let me ask you something... Are you aware that closed systems like that lead to higher prices like with Apple? Thats why alot of people are worried about these consolidation moves becasue if Google ever desides to drop their "Dont be evil" line they could really screw over alot of people.

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  • Gee B. Sep 23, 2011 Link

    But as long as they have their principle we should be safe. At least I haven't seen them being out right evil yet.

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  • Niels Christiansen Sep 24, 2011 Link

    Once aPple was a 'hero' company, they weren't IBM.

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