Is Google Gearing Up for a Fight Against AT&T and Verizon?

What Google's possible entry into the wireless network business could mean for AT&T and Verizon

Andrew Tonner
Andrew Tonner
Apr 13, 2014 at 12:30PM
Technology and Telecom

Tech giant Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) owns the world's most dominant search engine and mobile OS, and AT&T (NYSE:T) and Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) dominate the U.S. telecom space.

Google relies on the likes of AT&T and Verizon to distribute smartphones powered by its Android mobile OS, while AT&T and Verizon rely on Google's search engine and mobile app store to bring and keep users browsing on their respective networks. It's safe to say they're plenty familiar with one another.

However, a recent piece of news suggests that Google might be considering a move that could complicate its current mutually beneficial relationship with the likes of AT&T and Verizon.

Source: Google

Google vs. AT&T & Verizon: Budding frenemies?
According to several recent reports, Google is considering taking its fledgling business of actually providing the Internet one step further by rolling out its own Google-branded wireless networks, as well. However, given the apparent popularity of its Google Fiber Internet service, this shouldn't come as a huge surprise.

However, in doing so, Google would likely need to use the likes of AT&T's or Verizon's wireless infrastructure, and that's where things get interesting. In the video below, tech and telecom analyst Andrew Tonner discusses how doing so could potentially pit Google directly against Verizon or AT&T.