Cable operator Charter Communications is eyeing opportunities to offer a wireless broadband service over the next five years that would rely on both unlicensed spectrum such as Wi-Fi and licensed spectrum that the company might purchase.
Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said Monday that he sees opportunities within the next five years for the MSO to offer a broadband product that would rely on both unlicensed spectrum such as Wi-Fi and licensed spectrum that the company could purchase.
While Charter Communications hasn't yet commercially deployed a cloud-based interactive program guide, the MSO offered a glimpse last week at the user interface that it has been testing since late last year on its cable system in Fort Worth, Texas.
While Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge said the MSO will continue to look at opportunities for mergers and acquisitions, he told analysts Friday that the MSO is focused on growing its business organically by driving increased penetration of advanced products through its all-digital rollout.
Cable investors who listened to Charter's conference call Tuesday afternoon might've been left with the false impression CEO Tom Rutledge walks on water, while the management team at Time Warner Cable has been asleep at the wheel for the last decade.
Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable executives have close ties, and Charter CEO Tom Rutledge is a former president of TWC. But Rutledge isn't appearing to make efforts publicly to woo TWC to accept Charter's offer to acquire TWC.
On the eve of Charter's offer to acquire Time Warner Cable, top executives at technology vendors TiVo and ActiveVideo told FierceCable that a Charter-TWC marriage could drive growth for their companies as the major MSOs look to introduce new products, including cloud-based program guides capable of delivering Netflix content on TV.
Charter Communications said it will begin marketing its pay TV and broadband services under a new brand, Charter Spectrum, early next year.
Charter Communications will launch Wi-Fi in 2014, initially targeting local businesses with wireless gateways that can transmit dual SSIDs, CEO Tom Rutledge said Tuesday, when the MSO reported that it gained 86,000 high-speed Internet subscribers in the third quarter.
Wireless phone providers such as Verizon Wireless and AT&T Wireless could create more competition for the broadband Internet product sold by Charter Communications, CEO Tom Rutledge said Thursday.