Comcast to bundle WiMAX in Portland
Cable provider Comcast, which owns a stake in WiMAX operator Clearwire, revealed it plans to resell Clearwire's WiMAX service in Portland, Ore., later this year. Clearwire launched commercially in Portland in January. The move suggests Comcast may follow suit market-by-market as Clearwire continues to roll out its WiMAX service.
Comcast, which is Oregon's largest cable TV operator, will, as expected, set up an MVNO through Clearwire's Clear service, according to Comcast COO Stephen Burke. Burke said the company will buy the mobile WiMAX service from Clearwire and likely bundle it with its cable TV, home phone and broadband services.
Comcast invested more than $1 billion of the $3.2 billion Clearwire received from Google, Intel, Time Warner and others.
Clearwire plans to launch mobile WiMAX service in Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and the Dallas/Ft. Worth areas in 2009. It also will convert existing pre-WiMAX markets in Seattle, Honolulu and Charlotte to mobile WiMAX.
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