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Today, if you want to, you can buy AT&T's DirecTV pay-TV and internet service from Verizon (AT&T's archrival). The DirecTV offer from Verizon is scheduled to end in October, and represents the tail-end of a long-term bundling agreement Verizon inked with DirecTV prior to AT&T's $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV that closed almost exactly a year ago. Verizon's DirecTV bundle, strange as it is, represents just one of the many bundling attempts Verizon has tested over the years.
The connected home of tomorrow provides a vast number of opportunities for developers, device manufacturers and service providers. But how much opportunity will exist for mobile network operators is still unclear.
Mobile carriers and would-be wireless service providers are highly unlikely to meet the FCC's enormous $86.4 billion clearing cost to acquire TV broadcasters' spectrum at auction. And while that may not be good news for existing network operators, it may boost the value of spectrum that's already being held by players such as Dish Network and Ligado.
The mobile and wireline industries are set to collide as some cable companies appear to be gearing up to launch wireless services. But there's little reason to expect the mobile landscape to be radically overhauled anytime soon.
Just as the term "mobile" generally refers to on-the-go connectivity, discussions about 5G often focus on faster and more reliable services for users as they move from place to place. But speakers at the Wireless Infrastructure Show this week reminded me not to dismiss the importance of indoor usage as carriers prepare to enter the 5G era.
There is clear battle brewing between the wireless industry and the cable industry. AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and the rest of the nation's top wireless carriers are increasingly developing products and services that stand as a direct challenge to cable operators like Comcast and Charter Communications. Such actions are doubtlessly causing headaches in the cable industry.
The FCC today announced it will be able to offer a whopping 126 MHz, or 10 paired blocks, of licensed spectrum on a near-nationwide basis in the forward portion of its 600 MHz incentive auction. That's a huge victory for FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, and it potentially creates an opening for a new wireless carrier to launch in the United States.