Reports in the US indicate Google will roll out wireless networks across Africa and Asia – and possibly as soon as later this year.

Google is reportedly looking at how it can fund, build and run networks across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Back in 2011, then Google Uganda country manager, told PC Tech Magazine that the search giant was “already working with stakeholders, including Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and government to help make internet accessible to all”.

It is not clear how or if that move was successful.

The new move, though, would help speed up connections in densely populated areas and get rural populations online for the first time. It would also boost those economies and put Google in an unrivalled position to act as the main access point to the web. Google declined to comment on the plans.