Comcast talks about starting an MVNO using Verizon's network

Comcast talks about starting an MVNO using Verizon's network
Cable giant Comcast could be ready to start an MVNO powered by the Verizon network. During Comcast's third quarter earnings call on Tuesday, CEO Brian Roberts said that his company would start a trial and test out a wireless service after a six-month waiting period expires. The waiting period apparently started the moment that Comcast decided to invoke a three-year agreement it had with Verizon, to use Big Red's pipeline for an MVNO.

Comcast owns 11 million Wi-Fi hotpots that it can use to help start a hybrid service that will offer both voice and data over Wi-Fi. When out of the range of a Wi-Fi signal, users will turn to Verizon's network for coverage. It is the same type of service offered by Google's Project Fi, which relies on the cellular networks belonging to AT&T and T-Mobile when the hotspots it employs are out of the range of subscribers.

Comcast is the nation's largest cable provider and also owns Universal Pictures (which is currently distributing "Steve Jobs"). Back in May 2014, the company was rumored to be exploring a purchase of T-Mobile. That obviously never worked out, and now Comcast is looking to lease Verizon's network.

According to Roberts, Comcast will be taking part in the 600MHz spectrum auction that the FCC is holding next year. The low frequency 600MHz signal travels farther and penetrates buildings better than higher frequency spectrum. Earlier this month, opening bids for the auction were announced by the FCC.

source: Bloomberg

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9 Comments

1. combatmedic870

Posts: 983; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

This is not good....

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6030; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

There's a discrepancy with your article, You meant to say that Fi works off of Sprint and T-Mobile, not AT&T.

3. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

I'm seeing more verizon love than I expected on a cell centered site with their history. The service isn't the problem, I understand that's why it's chosen by many people, problem is the company. People have picked up on this with comcast. There is more to a company than just it's coverage. But I imagine the same people that see no problem with verizon have no problem with comcast.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oddly I don't like Verizon, but don't mind Comcast. I haven't had to call them in over 2yrs. I go home, the internet works, and we are good to go.

7. greyarea

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

This is kind of what i meant before. I know I'm in the minority but I judge a company not just on their serivce to me. I try to pay attention to the actions of these massive companies even if it's not directly customer related. Both verizon and comcast have a long history of being not very friendly. We are voting with our money after all.

8. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

I have the same issue with both company's. With Comcast it's the increase in price constantly. With Verizon; it's there insane data overage cost. Granted VZW does have the best coverage they are by no means the cheapest or easiest in terms of customer service. Same with Comcast even though I have better luck with Comcast's Customer Service fixing my issues.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Great, one more thing for their telemarketers to call me about every month. Give it up, guys. I'm only using you for your broadband monopoly.

6. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Two of the most expensive communication company's joining forces. We're all doomed. Lol.

9. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Criminals working together, again. Is no wonder they enjoy each other.

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