The story in the WSJ was just a placement - the analyst works for a firm representing some big clearwire stockholder that is just lobbying for a better price on the NTT/sprint buyout of clearwire.
Google would have to be fucking morons to build some sort of custom basestations and mobile devices smack ontop of license only spectrum thats been designated by the ITU-R.
The frequencies used are 2524-2546 and 2567-2625 MHz which are licensed to Clearwire but not (yet) widely used for anything.
> We don’t know yet exactly what Google is testing here. It might be devices it created. I suspect, though, that this is a test of a network architecture or service, using existing equipment. Google has been lobbying the FCC to approve the agency’s proposed shared-spectrum small-cell service in the 3550-3650 MHz band, and these test results might be relevant there.
I wonder if that could pave the way for boutique carriers that provide connectivity in hard-to-reach spots (say, the bottom story of a parking garage). The building owner could potentially take a cut on the phone fees the same way that building owners extract a fee from ATMs on their property.
I am so glad google is doing this; I seriously thought we were going to have to wait for new regulation.
It is hard to find current dropped call statistics but the random bits from random dates do show the US being worse off (~5+% versus < 2%).
I have heard that they are working on phones with 4 SIMS as well (in Brasil, where you can get one kind of connection in one village, and another kind in the next, and no roaming).
Google learnt what? Then why is the Nexus 4 sold out?
Given that, I wouldn't read too much into any geographic claims in this article.