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Introduction

This report evaluates Comcast’s announced mobile service, offered exclusively to its Xfinity Internet customers. This launch presents an opportunity to level the playing field with telcos that can offer all four services: fixed voice, fixed broadband, pay TV, and wireless.

Highlights

  • Market conditions appear to support Comcast entering at this time; competition is fierce, and unlimited plan competition is just ramping up.
  • There is no doubt that Charter, which inherited TWC’s MVNO option with Verizon, will pay close attention to any successes and challenges Comcast experiences.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluate the challenges and opportunities of a cableco becoming a wireless MVNO.
  • Learn the history of cablecos' attempts to offer wireless service.
  • Learn the features of Comcast’s forthcoming Xfinity Mobile service.

Key questions answered

  • What is the potential reach of Comcast’s mobile service?
  • How will the US wireless landscape change with Comcast’s entrance into mobile?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Despite past failed attempts, Comcast takes a gamble on wireless
  • What’s next for Comcast?
  • Becoming a wireless MVNO offers Comcast opportunities

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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