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Amazon Is Said to Have Tested a Wireless Network

Aug. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Amazon.com Inc. has tested a new wireless network that would allow customers to connect its devices to the Internet, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The wireless network, which was tested in Cupertino, California, used spectrum controlled by satellite communications company Globalstar Inc., said the people who asked not to be identified because the test was private.

The trial underlines how Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is moving beyond being a Web destination and hardware maker and digging deeper into the underlying technology for how people connect to the Internet. That would let Amazon create a more comprehensive user experience, encompassing how consumers get online, what device they use to connect to the Web and what they do on the Internet.

Leslie Letts, a spokeswoman for Amazon, didn’t respond to a request for comment. Katherine LeBlanc, a spokeswoman for Globalstar, declined to comment. Globalstar shares rose 9.6 percent to 66 cents at 2:02 p.m. in New York. The company trades over the counter, which means buying and selling isn’t done through an exchange.

Amazon isn’t the only Internet company that has tested technology allowing it to be a Web gateway. Google Inc. has secured its own communications capabilities by bidding for wireless spectrum and building high-speed, fiber-based broadband networks in 17 cities, including Austin, Texas and Kansas City, Kansas. It also operates a Wi-Fi network in Mountain View...


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