Google to resume dropped calls as a virtual provider

Google will launch its own service as a virtual telecom provider in the United States within a few months. The company is starting with a modest service and wants to show other providers what is possible with new technology, such as automatic call resume.

Google is indeed starting its own virtual telecom provider, Sundar Pichai, Google’s senior vice president, confirms. Reports about this appeared at the end of January and were confirmed during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, it is a small-scale project that Google is carrying out in collaboration with existing providers and it is not the group’s goal to become a large mobile provider.

The company does want to promote innovation as an MVNO. Pichai hereby refers to the Nexus, which, according to him, is done with hardware and software. “I think we’re at a time when we need to think about hardware, software and connectivity together,” Pichai said during Google’s presentation, which The Verge attended.

One of the innovations that Google is working on is to automatically restore calls that are disconnected due to range problems when the connection is working again. The service will launch in the US in a few months. Pichai did not report anything about an international rollout.