Comcast testing 5G compatibility for its wireless carrier project


In September last year, Comcast confirmed its plans to launch a wireless phone service in the middle of 2017. CEO Brian Roberts has now revealed some more details about the project. He's confirmed that the network, which combines Comcast Wi-Fi hotspots with Verizon's LTE towers will be offered in limited markets before expanding across the US.

CFO Mike Cavanagh also tuned in, affirming that Comcast will sell phones like the other wireless carriers, with monthly installment plans. Predictably, phone purchases will be bundled with Comcast's cable and internet services, offering savings. Additionally, the future carrier is testing 5G network compatibility while admitting it needs "space, power, and backhaul" to complete the effort.

Overall, Comcast appears quite determined to enter the wireless carrier market. Bundling its services and smartphone plans together seems like a sound business decision, potentially offering customers better value and increased simplicity. We'll learn more about the initiative as the middle of the year approaches.

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5 Comments

1. kevv2288

Posts: 295; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

I think when 5g is here wireless companies should offer unlimited data home internert and have live tv packages. Every channel would be 4k

2. frequency

Posts: 107; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

verizon wireless should provide such service with its fios service, unfortunately, fios said their tv package program has differences between in home and out of home. But you are right at this point, the live tv package combine with unlimited data wireless service will be the trend in the future

3. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Excellent. I've been waiting for a wireless carrier with even worse customer service than Verizon. And as a bonus, since it's Comcast, they'll no doubt be just as expensive, or even more so.

4. DaveElliott

Posts: 148; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

Also, because of what you mentioned the other carriers will be more empowered to raise their rates and lower customer service. While there may be no outright collusion, dropping to the lowest common denominator just seems a natural act for them. Nature (consumers) allow it.

5. Junito

Posts: 144; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

So Concast can charge $90/month, great.

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