Monday, August 20, 2012

Hybrid Wi-Fi/Cellular Service on the Horizon?

or should that be on the Verizon.

From Tammy Parker ….Verizon's cable partners could launch hybrid Wi-Fi/cellular service - FierceBroadbandWireless:

The revised agreement between Verizon Wireless and its cable TV partners enables the foursome to become MVNOs immediately, potentially positioning them to offer hybrid voice services that employ Wi-Fi and cellular networks.

The U.S. Department of Justice last week approved Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) $3.9 billion purchase of nationwide AWS spectrum from cable operators Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks. The DOJ also approved the cross-marketing deals between Verizon and the four cable companies with certain modifications and restrictions. The FCC still must approve the deal.

One of the conditions buried in the settlement between the DOJ, Verizon and the cable operators was a requirement that "the cable companies can elect to resell Verizon Wireless services using their own brand at any time as provided for under the amended agreements," according to a DOJ press release.

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