Google hit a two-year high of $1.02 billion in spending for their infrastructure, excluding Q4 2010 where Google spent $2 billion on a new data center and office at 111 8th Avenue in New York. Last quarter the company made $14.42 billion in revenues and they need some powerful infrastructure to maintain their websites that receives billions of hits per day along from PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Google is also providing free WiFi to certain locations and the Google Fiber initiative is not cheap either.
Google filed an application and proposal with the FCC to build an experimental wireless network at their Mountain View headquarters. The network would comprise of 50 base stations within their headquarters with a range of around 500-1000 meters outside and 100-200 meters indoors. The network would run on LTE and will support 200 user devices for a two-year period. The network will supposedly run on 2524-2546 and 2567-2625MHz frequencies. There are only a few devices that run on that spectrum, but what we do know is that China, Brazil, and Japan are building wireless networks that utilizes those bands. One may speculate that Google may expand into some broadband opportunities in those locations.
Earlier this month, Google had a groundbreaking ceremony for a $600 million data center in South Carolina. Google’s data center in South Carolina will be based in Mt. Holly Commerce Park in Berkeley County. That data center will house thousands of servers to support Google’s search engine, Google+, YouTube, and Gmail.
?We celebrate Google?s decision to grow its footprint in Berkeley County with a $600 million investment. When a world-class company like Google decides to expand in the Palmetto State, it shows we are providing the sort of business environment that helps foster success,? stated South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley as quoted by DataCenterKnowledge.com.
Google also spent around $300 million in wind power initiatives in Iowa last year. The company also doubled the size of their Oklahoma City in April 2012.