Comcast Unleashes Wireless Beast Out East
Comcast, which has already introduced High-Speed 2go in its hometown of Philadelphia, said it has fired it up in Baltimore; Richmond, Va.; Washington; and the Pennsylvania markets of Harrisburg, York, Scranton, Reading, Lancaster, State College, and Lebanon.
The MSO is firing out in those Eastern Division markets with two tiers: a "Nationwide Preferred" 4G/3G that uses data cards that support Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S)'s 3G and Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s WiMax network and a 3G-only "Nationwide" option.
The launches mark an expansion of a 3G-only tier that Comcast introduced in May in five markets: Philly; Portland, Ore.; Seattle; Houston; and Boston. Those markets, save for Boston, also have access to Comcast's WiMax bundle. Comcast sells a WiMax-only tier, called "Metro," in some of its High-Speed 2go markets, including Philly. (See Comcast Boots Up 3G-Only Option .)
Comcast has already introduced High-Speed 2go in several other markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, and Tacoma and Bellingham, Wash.
Comcast hasn't broken out how many wireless broadband subs it's signed on so far, but the company, which has about 16.3 million high-speed Internet customers, has previously indicated that it's been successful at using High-Speed 2go to lure DSL converts.
At the same time, Comcast is using High-Speed 2go to tout its own wireless broadband offering, pushing a "Fast Pack" bundle that chips in a 12-Mbit/s (downstream) cable modem service, and starts at $54.99 per month.
So far, Comcast's wireless broadband packages are strictly touting raw data services. However, recent filings reveal that the MSO is also seeking to trademark the term "DVR2Go," describing it as a service that can broadcast, stream, and transfer audio, video, and data to portable electronic devices. (See Comcast Shoots for 'DVR2Go' Trademark .)
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable