Comcast To Launch Wireless Service

Posted: Sep 20 2016, 2:20pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Business News


Comcast to Launch Wireless Service
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Comcast announced that it will launch its own wireless service sometime in 2017, according to CEO Brian Roberts at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference.

Comcast doesn't actually own any cell towers, so it will rely on Wi-Fi networks for connectivity and users will go over to Verizon's network when they aren't in Wi-Fi range. Some carriers already offer services like this, with Google's Project Fi and Republic Wireless. Those companies work as MVNOs, or mobile virtual network operators, and pay the major wireless carriers to use their cell towers.

MVNOs tend to be a cheaper option than many traditional wireless carriers because they offer benefits like the option to pay for only the data you use. It really depends on what you use your phone for, according to Business Insider.

While this might be a potential windfall for Verizon, it could help Comcast compete with AT&T after they merged with DirecTV and has been able to offer up some great packages.

It hasn't been made clear yet just how much the new services will cost, what it will be compatible with, and just where it will be available, but it is definitely something to look forward to into the future.

Comcast isn't releasing details to anyone yet, but if it is anything like some of their other roll-outs, they will sprinkle hints here and there.

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