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Verizon's 4G/Cable Combo Expands

Verizon Wireless and Cox Communications Inc. have launched mobile/cable service bundles in parts of Kansas, Arkansas and Nebraska about five months after the companies connected in Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Okla.

Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC), meanwhile, has introduced a similar bundle with the mobile carrier in Hawaii -- specifically Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island.

Cox and Verizon Wireless are sweetening things by offering prepaid Visa debit cards valued at between $100 to $400 to customers who sign up for the cable/mobile service bundles. TW Cable has a similar offer, with cards valued up to $200.

Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), another Verizon Wireless partner, has been trying a range of sign-up incentives, including a year of free access to AnyPlay, a video transcoding device that lets customers watch Comcast's linear TV lineup on tablets that are within reach of the home Wi-Fi signal. (See Comcast Uses TV Streamer to Pump Mobile Bundles.)

Why this matters
It's another move forward for a wired/wireless partnership involving Verizon Wireless, Cox, Comcast, TW Cable and Bright House Networks . The launches also come about six weeks after Verizon Wireless obtained government approval to purchase advanced wireless services (AWS) spectrum from those operators for about $4 billion.

In addition to Hawaii, TW Cable has hooked up with Verizon Wireless in the Midwest (Ohio and Wisconsin), the Carolinas, Maine, Nebraska and Kansas City. Comcast has mobile bundles up and running in more than 30 markets, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Indianapolis, Miami and Seattle. Bright House Networks and Verizon Wireless have yet to kick off their mobile/cable service bundles.

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— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

steve q 12/5/2012 | 5:19:41 PM
re: Verizon's 4G/Cable Combo Expands

So this is the end of the best Fios. With 4g/cable company being better. The only thing is that most customer that have Comcast love the idea that Verizon is pushing Fios, not Verizon Wireless teaming with the cable company. For idea that they are saying Verizon Corp can not provide the best service to our customer

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:19:40 PM
re: Verizon's 4G/Cable Combo Expands



Not quite sure what you are trying to say, but you do realize that the Comcast areas stated in the article are AT&T properties for wireline right?  There is no FiOS there and Verizon stated in 2003 when they awarded the FiOS business that they were only going to do about 1/2 there lines in FiOS (and have since sold off portions of the non-FiOS properties) AND that they were not going to do out of region FiOS builds.  That has been the story for almost 10 years now.



steve q 12/5/2012 | 5:19:39 PM
re: Verizon's 4G/Cable Combo Expands

Yes even so why will Comcast not use At&t as a wireless provide. Verizon Wireless. Verizon Fios work in the same area so there is no need that comcast try to push into verizon. And with the change into the data speed Verizon Fios is far better then comcast and the other cable company that do not have the fiber to there location , the only thing is will verizon have share there fiber network with the cable.

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:19:38 PM
re: Verizon's 4G/Cable Combo Expands


You would not do 2 wireless partnerships.  What none of us can say is how different a deal being negotiated with AT&T would have been.  Also, no partnership is permanent so you can not know if 10 years from now it is not AT&T and Comcast.

Finally Verizon FiOS is deployed under the rules that do not require it to be shared with anyone.  In the long term it might be an interesting sale to a cable company so that a cable company purchases a FTTH set of properties and decommissions its HFC network.  However, that is not in the cards anytime soon.




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