Comcast executives teased analysts with comments that made it seem as if the company's expanded Wi-Fi network--and the potential Time Warner Cable add-on--would be the gateway to a Wi-Fi-enabled mobile service.
The FCC is reportedly prepared to set aside channel 37 as well as other spectrum located throughout the 600 MHz band for unlicensed wireless broadband use.
Sprint MVNO Scratch Wireless is developing a version of its Wi-Fi-centric service specifically for cable operators that want to leverage Wi-Fi so they can compete against cellular carriers.
Time Warner Cable confirmed its rollout out of "TWCWiFi-Passpoint," a national Wi-Fi network that includes Hotspot 2.0 technology on most of its public access points as well as upgraded encryption.
Large businesses are the primary target of an alliance of Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Google, Microsoft and the CEA, which have banded together as WifiForward with the goal of freeing up spectrum to more efficiently manage wireless services across adjoining networks.
Comcast is planning to add Hotspot 2.0 technology to its growing, Xfinity-branded public Wi-Fi network, further evidence that the cable operator plans to leverage Wi-Fi as a way to sell service to smartphone and tablet customers--and thereby potentially cutting into a business currently dominated by wireless carriers like AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless.
When Samsung announced its Galaxy S5 smartphone in February during the 2014 Mobile World Congress trade show, one of the device's highly touted features was the download booster, which bonds Wi-Fi and LTE simultaneously to accelerate the download of large files. However, the feature is absent from AT&T's recently released version of the device and is also not being offered in variants offered by Sprint or Verizon Wireless.
Comcast announced that it now has 1 million U.S. Wi-Fi hotspots. The news was released amid rumors that the cable MSO is thinking of launching a Wi-Fi-centric wireless service.
Sprint is adding another phone to its lineup that can access is Wi-Fi calling feature, the tri-mode LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Sprint now supports four phones for Wi-Fi calling.
Comcast is contemplating launching its own wireless service that would largely rely on Wi-Fi, according to a report from The Information. That would be a sharp reversal for Comcast less than two years after it finalized a $3.9 billion deal to sell to Verizon Wireless wireless spectrum it controlled along with other cable companies.