In a bid to boost its Fiber service, Google has acquired Alpental Technologies.
Google has acquired Alpental Technologies, a startup that develops high-speed wireless communications services based on the 60GHz band. Google confirmed the acquisition to GeekWire.
“I can confirm that we’re excited to welcome the Alpental team to Google, and that they joined a few weeks back, but we don’t have any other details to share,” a Google spokesperson said.
The financial details of the "acquihire" are still unknown, and a quick visit to alpentaltech.com will lead you to a 404 page.
Alpental Technologies was founded by ex-Clearwire engineers Michael Hart and Pete Gelbman. Hart, who holds an EB-1 U.S. resident visa, was a principal systems architect at Clearwire. Meanwhile, Gelbman led Clearwire's corporate research, systems engineering, and intellectual property, according to GeekWire.
Working with advanced wireless networks, the startup successfully raised over $850,000 in financing last year.
We heard Google was interested in the company's groundbreaking 5G technology which could boost its Google Fiber services.
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Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a rule change to the 60GHz ultra-high frequency spectrum, saying that the wireless technology can now operate outdoors, paving the way to wider broadband systems.