Cable companies continue to look aggressively at wireless as the next offering they need for their service bundles. Comcast in particular has said it wants to launch a wireless play as soon as one becomes available. Insiders speculate that Comcast could sign an MVNO deal with either Sprint or T-Mobile. Sprint would be the obvious choice, though some analysts think T-Mobile could be a better partner. Some insiders speculate that Comcast could either make a solo play to acquire T-Mobile or form a consortium of cable companies and push to buy the carrier. T-Mobile USA's parent, Deutsche Telekom, has repeatedly said it has no plans to sell its US carrier.
While rumors have been stirring for months, no cable company has yet to ink a comprehensive nationwide MVNO deal. Earlier this year, Sprint agreed to a trial reseller agreement with Time Warner Cable for the Kansas City area. Cablevision also recently announced plans to resell Sprint's service through the Cablevision website.
For more on the cable wireless play rumors:
- read this report from today's Wall Street Journal (sub. req.)