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Google closes on Webpass deal, maintains hybrid deployment plans

Google notes Webpass to focus on expanding scale using wireless broadband technology, will maintain its own hybrid plans using fiber and wireless

Google’s plans to tap wireless technology for its broadband deployments continues to gain steam as the company this week announced closing on its acquisition of fixed wireless broadband provider Webpass and fleshed out more details on its network plans.

In a blog post, Google Fiber President Dennis Kish noted Webpass is now officially part of the “family,” and the “combination of Google Fiber technology with Webpass’ great team and operations will result in more choice and better access for many more people.” Google initially announced plans to acquire San Francisco-based Webpass in June.

Kish said Webpass would continue to focus on growing the scale of its business using point-to-point wireless technology, including expansion beyond its current footprint in parts of Miami; Boston; Chicago; and San Francisco and San Diego, California. Webpass claims more than 20,000 active “units.”

At the same time, Google Fiber is set to continue its recently altered plans for a hybrid deployment approach using both wired and wireless technologies.

“Of course, at Google Fiber we’re particularly excited about Webpass’ application of point-to-point wireless deployment methodology,” Kish wrote. “As we’ve said, our strategy going forward will be a hybrid approach with wireless playing an integral part. Webpass has proven that point-to-point wireless is a reliable way to connect more people to high-speed internet in a densely populated environment, by setting up wireless transmission links between buildings.”

Google’s fiber efforts, which are currently available in eight markets, have reportedly run into deployment challenges that have moved the company toward seeking alternative options.

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