Comcast is open to leveraging its 11 million Wi-Fi hotspots and its MVNO relationships with wireless carriers into something more, but has no current plans to enter the wireless market with its own offering, according to CEO Brian Roberts.
Following up its $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications in May with a $17.7 billion-plus-debt acquisition of Cablevision, French telecom conglomerate Altice SA has "lofty synergy expectations for its combined collection of U.S. cable assets," analysts say.
Just as operators like Verizon and AT&T hone their mobile video strategies, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says the cable company is "very much" part of the conversation going forward with Wi-Fi.
Cox Communications has finished lab and customer trials of Comcast's X1 platform and is now moving on to a customer beta test in its San Diego, Calif. market, a rep for the MSO confirmed to FierceCable.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said that wireless carriers' increasing focus on mobile video could create opportunities for MSOs like Comcast, which he said now offers fully 11 million public Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.
Comcast has launched a new unit that will offer business services to large Fortune 1000 business customers in the U.S., putting them in direct competition with large telcos AT&T and Verizon.
CenturyLink may be scaling its IPTV video business with over 2.6 million addressable households as of the end of the second quarter, but the telco has asked the FCC to eliminate non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity rules in order to get more competitive content rates.
After suffering through 14 months of slings and arrows as it attempted its own mega-merger with Time Warner Cable, Comcast is experiencing life as the hammer rather than the nail.
CenturyLink is aware that when Charter Communications completes its acquisition of Time Warner Cable the merger will give CenturyLink a larger threat in its residential and business service capabilities, but the telco says it has the right weapons to compete.
The cable industry is moving from the existing DOCSIS 3.0 standard to the new DOCSIS 3.1 standard, increasing their Internet speeds from around 300 Mbps to 1 Gpbs or faster.