Comcast To Start Offering Wireless Internet; Exploring Voice Option
The U.S. cable company recently started offering wireless Internet service in some cities, jointly with Clearwire Corp., using WiMax technology. It has its sights squarely set on mobile phone/data providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, it appears, saying it is looking to add a "voice option" to that service, which could mean you could get your cable, wireless Internet and phone service (using VOIP, it would appear) on one bill.
Cable television companies are trying to avoid irrelevance, as the Internet wreaks havoc in the television industry, as it has in the music and media industries. By offering people a way to get content online, legally, and combining that with voice, Internet and other services, they're bidding to keep shareholders and customers happy. Time Warner is also a partner in TV Everywhere, the program to bring television online legally.
A voice option on the wireless network probably wouldn't happen until the 4G networks are rolled out, Comcast Chief Financial Officer Michael Angelakis said at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference, according to Reuters.