Google Buys Alpental To Extend Its Fiber Service Reach

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Google (GOOG) is looking toward the future delivery of its high-speed fiber Internet/television service in what some industry analysts believe is Google's next step in the evolution of the company, controlling the entire experience of Internet delivery and search in one company.

Google recently purchased a wireless start-up called Alpental Technologies to help bring it to the next level. Seattle area-based Alpental is run by two former Clearwire engineers Peter Gelbman and Mike Hart.Outside of the industry not much is known about exactly what Alpental was developing but the small company was believed to be working on the next-generation of 5G wireless technologies.

Company spokesperson Tim Drinan told TheStreet Google was excited to welcome the Alpental team, but would not offer any other details or comments about the deal.



Google shares were losing 0.21% to $553.71 in early New York trading.

Google is already in the business of delivering high-speed Internet, via its Google Fiber service. Google's Fiber service offers high-speed Internet connections, as much as 100 times faster than broadband connections via Google Fiber. It is currently available in Austin, Kansas City and Provo, Utah and has announced plans to expand into as many as 35 cities including Portland, San Jose, Phoenix, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and several others.

Here's Where Google Fiber Is Coming Next

Currently, Google's high-speed service uses what it calls "Fiber Huts" to bring underground services into large neighborhoods. After that, the cables runs along utility poles into homes and offices. Next-generation 5G wireless could help to simplify "last mile" delivery in the future.

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