Comcast Unleashes Wireless Beast Out East

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) has booted up its High-Speed 2go wireless broadband service in another 10 markets out east, extending the availability of its WiMax/3G combo and 3G-only packages.

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

theCLEARblog 12/5/2012 | 4:30:03 PM
re: Comcast Unleashes Wireless Beast Out East

Clear offers a great price on their service, and the 4G WiMAX upgrade is available in almost 50 markets, so many subscribers are eligible for 4G and won't have to start out with the 3G that Comcast is offering. Here is a comparison chart of some services currently available: http://www.clear.com/discover/...




kumaramitabh 12/5/2012 | 4:28:10 PM
re: Comcast Unleashes Wireless Beast Out East

Comcast has chosen the right model for On-demand services by using the WiMAX 4G technology. The technology is custom made for such services which require a guaranteed QoS to be guaranteed over wireless media.

This should boost the On-Demand capability of Comcast considerably.

However a a notable exception seems to be the absence of streamng specifically to mobiles or to other devices such as iPAD.

Operators really need to target devices which sell in millions whether directly or through application stores.



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