Google’s SVP of Chrome and Android Sundar Pichai confirmed today that the company would start trialing its own mobile network operator services before the end of the year.
Pichai made the comments at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but insisted that traditional mobile operators weren’t viewing its own MVNO trials as a threat to their core businesses. He also added that the company is actually working with a number of operators to bring the trial to market.
The confirmation follows earlier rumors that Google could be considering running its own wireless service. Exactly which network company is partnering with for the trial is still unknown.
Essentially, it seems that Google is looking to take a similar approach to network services as it does to devices, and more specifically its Nexus device range, which it uses to highlight its newest technologies.
Pichai said the trials would begin “in the coming months.”