Cable Still Not in the XOHM

Well, we're waiting...

Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) may be wowing people at this week's CTIA Wireless confab with the new Samsung Corp. -built Instinct touch-screen phone, but it's coming up short on fulfilling a rumor started by The Wall Street Journal that it would use the big show to announce a big WiMax deal involving Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) and three major cable MSOs. (See CTIA: Sprint's Samsung Touch and Analyst: WiMax Might Scratch Cable's Wireless Itch.)

It's Wednesday. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has already delivered his keynote. Talk of WiMax? Yes. A cable deal? Nope. Time is growing short to get those Is dotted and those Ts crossed before the show lather abates.

Well, at least we've established that WiMax and Docsis might make sweet music together... if the two ever get together on the same stage. (See Why Not WiMax?.)

In the meantime, perhaps Instinct is the kind of product that could help put the Pivot J.V. back into the category of relevance, despite all those pricing, "provisioning," and general consumer non-interest issues that have stymied a broader cable rollout. (See Sprint Halts 'Pivot' Expansion.)

— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Cable Digital News

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