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.
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“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.