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Comcast May Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

2014-04-10 09:32 by
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Comcast is reportedly planning to use Wi-Fi hot spots to power voice and data service on mobile phones, with help from some leased space on cellular networks. Comcast previously abandoned plans to launch a mobile service on cellular airwaves, having sold wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless and other cable companies in 2012, but now it seems the company is reversing back to similar ambitions.

According to the rumors, Comcast would employ a strategy also floated by Google's rumored network. The new service would deliver wireless connectivity through a large network of linked access points. With Wi-Fi becoming ubiquitous in some areas of the country, Comcast would leverage those access points to let subscribers use their phones. However, because Wi-Fi is not always available, subscribers would piggyback on Verizon's or AT&T's wireless network as needed.

Comcast currently has around 22 million video subscribers in the U.S. It could potentially tack more onto that number as it pushes for an acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) valued at $45 billion USD. Together, the combined company would control about one-third of the U.S. broadband market.

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