Cablevision Systems, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable revealed more about their wireless strategies during The Cable Show in Washington, D.C. last week. The thread that ties all three together is their desire to create platforms that extend their voice, video and data services into the wireless realm.
Time Warner is offering WiMAX through its stake in Clearwire. The MSO plans to focus on offering Internet access initially, launching service in the fourth quarter, according to Mike Roudi, group vice president of wireless services. VoIP services will come later, he said.
Cox is building out its own CDMA/LTE network that will partly rely on Sprint Nextel's network. The service will launch later this year throughout Cox's cable footprint.
Cablevision said it is approximately halfway done deploying a WiFi mesh network in New York and New Jersey. The company expects to receive a return on its $300-million investment in less than five years if it can increase its high-speed Internet subscriber base by 5 percent, said John Bickham, president of Cablevision's cable and communications unit.
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