Google and telecoms carriers could have symbiotic relationship, Eric Schmidt

Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt urged the mobile industry not to block opportunities offered by the mobile Web and said Google and telecoms carriers could have a symbiotic relationship. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Schmidt urged carriers to seize an historic moment and rise to the occasion by working with Google, not against it. "It's […]

Google’s Chief Executive Eric Schmidt urged the mobile industry not to block opportunities offered by the mobile Web and said Google and telecoms carriers could have a symbiotic relationship. Speaking at Mobile World Congress, Schmidt urged carriers to seize an historic moment and rise to the occasion by working with Google, not against it. "It's like magic. All of a sudden there’re things that you can do that didn't really occur to you, because of this convergence point," he told the audience. "That time is upon us -- right now, right here, for this year and at least next many years," he told, telecom gear vendors and observers of an industry that generally views Google with suspicion. "There's an implication of this that I think has not been expressed, here, or in the industry as a whole," Schmidt told the audience. "It's the principle of mobile first." Google has raised hackles in the industry by launching a smartphone platform -- Android -- selling its own-branded phone directly to consumers without the mediation of carriers, and announcing plans to build a super-fast broadband network. "We want to have a little bit of Google in everybody's transaction with the Internet," Schmidt said.