Bad news for wireless carrier companies! Google has recently shut down a service they provided to wireless carrier companies and it’s and vendors. Apparently, this service provided valuable information on the network signal strength in various parts of the world. Until now, Google was sending the network signal maps to these companies without charging a penny. These companies used the data as a guide for making business decisions.
There is no doubt Google and other big tech companies are feeling the pressure put on them by Senator for Texas, Ted Cruz. Recently, he and his team grilled Google and other Big Tech companies for being politically biased. Google denied such claims and maintained their stance for neutrality in the way they operate.
How will the shutdown of Google’s Mobile Network Insights service affect wireless carrier companies and vendors?
Wireless carrier companies now will not be able to resolve network issues in areas where the connectivity was slow or not reachable. As I already stated, via the Mobile Network Insights service, Google provided a map of network signal strength and connectivity speeds from almost every part of the world to these wireless carrier companies and vendors. Due to the termination of this service, these companies will have to bear a heavy financial loss.
Wireless carrier companies and vendors will take shots in the dark or find a new way of collecting this vital data from their customers. 75 percent of smartphones use the Android Operating System. So, you can imagine how panicked, at this moment, the top officials of wireless carrier companies must be.
Does Google really care about people’s privacy or is it just a marketing ploy?
Most wireless companies have highly qualified network analytics teams. They should be able to easily tell where the network is strong and vice versa. Moreover, It’s not like Google is going to stop collecting this data at all. They will continue to collect without letting the wireless carriers know about it. In any rational person, these two points should make their eyebrows raise.
How does Actionable Insight work? Does Google’s Mobile Network Insights service use it?
Actionable Insight is a concept derived from data analytics. Facebook is using the same concept to retrieve vital data from its users. Now, only Facebook knows what it does with the collected data but they do not share it with anyone(at least not openly).
When you have enough information about a subject, making a correct decision becomes easy. Software firms collect create systems that collect data from the users and this data is used to make an informed business decision (to profit the organization whilst maintaining the user’s privacy).
No company is going to collect vital information from millions of users worldwide and not do anything with it. Like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and other Big tech are also using your personal information for their benefit. These companies gather your information from social media sites, product reviews that you post and your search history(on their sites).