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Comcast WiMax deal could come next week

updated 08:45 pm EDT, Fri May 2, 2008

Comcast WiMax deal

Comcast is reportedly placing its chips on WiMax to help it stand out amongst competitors in the cellular and satellite industries, and that the service could launch as soon as next week. According to CNN Money, the communications giant is currently in talks with Sprint, Clearwire, Intel, and Google to provide a nationwide mobile broadband partner network which would allow it to compete on even ground with companies such as AT&T, Verizon, EchoStar, and DirecTV.

The move would help each company involved take advantage of next-generation wireless technology, while cutting overall costs to a minimum for all involved. Comcast could be in trouble when it comes to financing, since the company has spent the last few years performing massive overhauls on its cable network, and would further go into debt with the new venture. Comcast executives said: "We are going to be very disciplined in our capital structures, and do things that make a lot of sense."

Comcast claims over 14.1 million internet subscribers in the US, and hopes to enhance these numbers with WiMax, saying that the company has "hired some folks to help us in our wireless thinking."

by MacNN Staff



  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ComCast and AWS

    What will be interesting is to see if ComCast and its parner (in AWS) Time Warner wait or try and influence Sprint to move off of 2.5Ghz for the WiMAX Net and move aggressively to drive WiMAX with a far more flexible AWS (100Mhz and 2100Mhz)spectrum. If they focus on 2.5Ghz spectrum for WiMAX AT&T and Verizon Wireless will eat their lunch with the 700Mhz LTE networks. 2.5Ghz spectrum WiMAX will have a hard time delivering universal (especially rural)coverage-major foliage issue with mobile in this spectrum. They will have a solid chance if they go with AWS near term giving them a 2-3 year lead time in Broadband Wireless. May be longer if the Fed does not pressure the Broadcasters or are unable (Politically) to deal with the customers issues with going to a converter box-very likely.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Correctio to my post

    AWS is 1700Mhz and not 100Mhz as listed

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