Comcast to start wireless service next year with 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots and Verizon MVNO

Comcast to start wireless service next year with 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots and Verizon MVNO
Back in October 2015, there was talk that Comcast would be starting a new wireless service that would take advantage of an MVNO agreement it has with Verizon. Now, it appears that this service is going to launch next year. Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said today that his firm would tie together 15 million Wi-Fi hotspots along with Big Red's network, to offer wireless service to  its 28 million Comcast customers.

Analysts at New Street Research say that using the MVNO instead of opening up a nationwide wireless operation, can lead to huge margins for Comcast. Eventually though, Comcast might want more control over the customer experience and the economics of the business. It can achieve this by purchasing an existing player. One name linked to Comcast is T-Mobile. Back in 2014, there was talk that Comcast was interested in buying the carrier. But T-Mobile has since become the most innovative wireless operator in the industry, and might not be in such a rush to make a deal at this point.

According to the New Street Research analysts, the margins for the wireless service will benefit from Comcast's ability to move 75% of the wireless data used by subscribers, onto the Wi-Fi hotspots. The same analysts see Comcast getting 20% of its subscriber base signed up for its wireless service within five years.

Comcast has been making the necessary moves to launch a wireless service. In July, it named Greg Butz to head up Comcast Mobile. And while it appears that Comcast is starting small by electing to use the Verizon MVNO and the hotspots, it could come away with enough 600MHz spectrum in the FCC auction to eventually widen its reach.

source: FierceWireless



1. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Do not want

9. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Why not? You don't like the idea of anyone being able to leech off of your wifi at any given moment? If you have comcast, make sure you have an official cable modem supplied by them so they can let anyone leech off of your home wifi.

2. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So probably $100/line with a 2GB data cap.

5. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

For the first 12 months after which it goes up to $200 on a 2 year contract. They may decide not to actualy sell you the phone and simply charge an equipment rental fee of $20-30 a month.

3. aikoo

Posts: 129; Member since: Feb 27, 2016

Comcast... Arguably the most hated cable company ever.... LOL! Their monopoly in this industry is severe though, interested in seeing where this goes.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1324; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

Who in their right mind is going to sign up for Comcast cellular service? Everybody already hates them and only uses their services because they have only 1 or 0 other options. It's going to take a miracle for this venture to succeed unless they can offer a lower price than current carries over a 2 year cycle.

6. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

good luck. no thank you. will definitely get the jd powers honorary worst customer service award hands down

7. Ultimodrew

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 14, 2015

It pretty much means they are so delusional from years of Monopolizing certain markets, that they actually believe they will be competitive in the wireless market in 2017. I def know I will gladly take a cold call from them once this starts, so I can laugh at them when they offer this crap service.

8. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I'm actually intrigued by this. Comcast double and triple play includes the now rarely used home phone service. I could see them advertising a switch to a virtual home line akin to Google Voice that can ring your other Comcast voice numbers. With priority WiFi calling and data as a paying customer, you'll likely get good signal in densely populated areas with Xfinity WiFi. If they can get the triple play to $150-$175/mo with 100MB down, cable, and 2 lines of cellular service with unlimited Xfinity WiFi data and 5GB shared cellular on a 2yr contract... They'd have a shot at increasing revenue. Then everyone would jump ship in 2019 when their bill hits $375/mo unless they upgrade.

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