Its surely getting bigger and better. As per the industry sources, Google is in talks with Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) for a possible joint venture that will bid for Wimax spectrum.
Google will hold 50% stake in the venture (foreign companies can buy up to 74% equity in such a venture).
According to the rumours, Google has had several rounds of talks with MTNL on the possible launch of a Google branded Wimax wireless internet service.
If we believe one source, Google is mainly interested in pushing web-cum-phone devices built on Android OS. “They have a plan focused on devices running Android which will take their web-services to the airwaves,” he said, requesting anonymity.
The talks, according to this person, have been on for months.
A potential alliance with MTNL will not only give Google access to two of the top three markets for wireless data in the country, it will also give it a platform to experiment with offering more voice-based services.
As far as auction is concerned, BWA/WiMAX auction bid starts at Rs. 1,750 Crores. The government will auction two blocks in BWA spectrum and reserve one for Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd in Mumbai and Delhi and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd elsewhere.
However, Google, when contacted, as always declined to comment on speculation. MTNL was however was not available for comment.