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News.com reports that Time Warner Cable has started testing Mobile service in Kansas City in tandem with its broadband and cable services. This is the four-play future, and signals problems for traditional phone operators with wireless assets. Regular reader Charlie Sierra keeps saying that this is […]

News.com reports that Time Warner Cable has started testing Mobile service in Kansas City in tandem with its broadband and cable services. This is the four-play future, and signals problems for traditional phone operators with wireless assets. Regular reader Charlie Sierra keeps saying that this is going to prove to the thorn in the side of phone companies. In fact he has suggested that Verizon should stop mucking around with MCI and instead use its might to go after Sprint and bust up the Sprint+Nextel deal. That’s what it needs to do in order to shut down all wireless options for cable guys.

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  1. Jesse Kopelman Saturday, April 2, 2005

    But if Verizon did break up Sprint-Nextel, who’s to say that Comcast and Time Warner wouldn’t throw their hats into the ring as Nextel suitors? Not to mention that Comcast has a lot of WCS spectrum for a WiMax or TD-UMTS play.

  2. i am not sure if the cable companies have the appetite or the cash to do wireless right now on their own. they have their handsful protecting their flanks from phone guys and front from satellite.

  3. Jesse Kopelman Monday, April 4, 2005

    I agree, but Verizon trying to freeze them out would force their hand.

  4. Time Warner and Comcast and aggressively working on Wireless (cellular). Also both companies are seeking to have Wireless Internet by next year. Both companies want wireless, both agree it is what they need to grow and continue moving up. They are not frozen, the phone companies are trying to run cover while the cable companies steal off their customers with their phone services and MUCH fast high speed internet. You are right, it will be the thorn in the side of the phone companies when cable goes wireless, but I think that the prick will be much larger then most suspect.

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