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Q&A: Comcast's Cathy Avgiris

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) and three other major MSOs are marketing and selling wireless services from Verizon Wireless , and some are adding a complementary Wi-Fi strategy that lets cable modem customers stay connected on the go.

In the middle of all this at Comcast is Cathy Avgiris, who was recently promoted to executive vice president and general manager of data and communications services. In addition to heading up Comcast's high-speed Internet and voice products, her new role also has her handling the MSO's new wireless service bundles offered in tandem with Verizon Wireless, as well as Comcast's Wi-Fi strategy.

Avgiris discussed her new, broader role with Light Reading Cable, covering how Comcast and Verizon Wireless are making their new service partnership work, what's on tap for Wi-Fi, an update on Comcast's partnership with Skype Ltd. , and how the MSO will try to put inject some excitement back into its wireline phone product as subscriber growth begins to show signs of flattening out.

Contents: — Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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AESerm 12/5/2012 | 5:41:00 PM
re: Q&A: Comcast's Cathy Avgiris

Nice interview. The VZ wireless collaboration sounded a bit like two former adversaries learning each others' language. The "powerhouse retail distributor" iine was respectful. Reflective, too, of my limited experience. Heavy lifting of OSS and billing. Have heard that before. So 4500 WIFi APs x whatever bulk pricing you can get. Still probably cheap as an infrastructure upgrade. Curious about the pricing for the one-kit Skype deal. And free text messaging. How much am I spending (wasting?) on that with another provider again?  

AESerm 12/5/2012 | 5:40:57 PM
re: Q&A: Comcast's Cathy Avgiris

Or maybe Madison Wisc., as you noted earlier, for Charter. The Cisco VNI prediction calls for Wi-Fi offload to double, from 11% of total (global) mobile data traffic in 2011 to 22% in 2012. But that's a greater share of a pie that will grow 18x over the same period! If those numbers are good, we're going to see a lot of Wi-Fi APs. A few more comments on video-driven mobile growth over here at Videonet.

Jeff Baumgartner 12/5/2012 | 5:40:57 PM
re: Q&A: Comcast's Cathy Avgiris

I"m curious to see just how aggressive they get with Wi-Fi this year beyond what they are doing in the Northeast. And when.  The costs for WiFi plant extentions are pretty palatable, but suppose they'll want to concentrate on their biggest markets first.  Charter sorta balked at the idea because it's systems tend to be in more rural settings.   But I still like the notion of a big cable wifi roaming initiaitve especially as these new hotspots get out there that provide seamless sign-ons as users pass from one hot spot to another.   JB


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