European mobile phone networks could start their own mobile search service as they consider how to increase revenue from search advertising, according to a report.
The companies will use the 3GSM World Congress, the world’s largest mobile industry exhibition and conference, in Barcelona next week to consider a joint initiative aimed at replacing lost revenue from falling access costs with that from on-the-move ads.
The Sunday Telegraph reports one option is to build their own infrastructure:
The networks face a big task if they do decide to go it alone rather than partner with one of the existing search sites, but they do have time on their side.
Google last year entered negotiations with Orange, though talk of a “Google Phone” was probably overheated and the Mountain View giant has inked deals to provide its search facility on Vodafone and 3 handsets in the UK but is still testing mobile search advertising.