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Comcast reportedly plans carrier service using Wi-Fi, mobile networks

updated 06:49 am EDT, Wed April 9, 2014

Wi-Fi hotspots to form core of proposed Comcast carrier

Comcast is considering expanding its existing cable services into becoming a carrier, according to a report. The operator is said to be working on a service that will use Wi-Fi from subscriber routers and public hotspots to provide the bulk of connections, supplemented by cellular coverage provided by an existing carrier, in a hybrid service similar to one Google is reportedly looking into creating.

Sources of The Information claim the cable company is already laying the groundwork for the service. It already has a large network of support centers and stores for its existing services, giving Comcast a distinct advantage in setting the carrier up. It will still need to contend with problems that competitor Republic Wireless has already faced, namely making sure the transition from Wi-Fi to cellular or vice versa is as smooth as possible for the customer.

The creation of the service could also be affected by Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable. The early-stage planning of such an endeavor could easily get lost in the merger plans, potentially end it before it can launch. If it survives, the combined company would potentially provide the service with a higher number of Wi-Fi hotspots and routers to use, increasing its coverage area significantly.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Inkling

    Senior User

    Joined: 07-25-06

    Oh great, the most disliked corporation in America (by a recent Consumerist poll) is expanding still further. And what's it going to do? From the above, it sounds like, without being fully informed, subscribers will have their home routers used, via an open WiFi connection, by gosh-only-knows-who, perhaps a terrorist, a drug trafficker, or child-porn addict parked in their neighborhood late at night. Fortunately, I've escaped their clutches. When I lived in high-tech Seattle, cozy politics meant that Comcast was the only effective source of broadband. In the small college town where I now live, there are two broadband providers running past my house--neither of them Comcast. Yeah!

  1. Flying Meat

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 01-25-07

    "working on a service that will use Wi-Fi from subscriber routers"

    Eh, that might need some detail. You know, research and explanation type stuff.

    "The early-stage planning of such an endeavor could easily get lost in the merger plans, potentially end it before it can launch."

    If it's as bad as the first quote sounds, lets hope the second quote proves true.

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