Google, Microsoft and Apple will be among the companies seeking bids on an estimated $100 billion in new spectrum for wireless networks, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.
The deal could create a wireless infrastructure powerhouse similar to the one that Amazon.com and Facebook have built for their online shopping sites.
The wireless market is worth about $10 billion annually, according a study by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service.
That’s enough for the government to spend on mobile Internet and voice service, the WSJ reported.
The company is also looking to build a network of wireless “supercenters” in low-income areas of the U.S. that would provide affordable access to broadband, the report said.
“As we’ve seen in the past, new technologies and new applications have the potential to transform how we connect and live,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement.
“This is the time to invest in innovative technologies that will create the most efficient, affordable, and secure network for everyone, and this new spectrum opportunity will help make it happen.”
Apple and Google have both been working on a wireless network that would compete with Verizon Wireless, according the WSZ report.
“We’re excited to announce that Google is joining our wireless network in this new network, and we’re excited about building this new infrastructure for the future,” Apple’s VP of Global Networks Jon Coughlin said in an emailed statement.
Apple is also working with Verizon on a network for low-power, wireless internet service, which is likely to be built with LTE technology.