PHILADELPHIA � Comcast has announced that it will launch a new wireless service in 2017, using its MVNO agreement with Verizon and the cable company’s own footprint of Wi-Fi hotspots around the country.
The vast majority of the company’s 15 million hotspots arehome hotspots���where a router located in a subscriber�s homesupportsbotha private network ID and a public one for guests. Comcast also has thousands of public hotspots with many users, �proving that Comcast can operate a wireless hotspot network at scale,� according tolightreading.com.
In the immediate future it appears that Comcast will rely on Verizon’s network to fill out the cellular portion of its wireless offering. Comcast has also confirmed that it’s participating in the FCC�s latest spectrum auction, and the cable company could ultimately supplement the Verizon network with its own spectrum holdings, or perhaps move off of the Verizon network entirely.�