Well, now it is starting to make sense. When they participated in the Clearwire deal, it seems that Comcast extracted some spectrum for Wimax femtocells. Femtocells are like little wireless cells in your home instead of on the tower nearby, and they only cover your house. Sound like anything you might use now? Yes, to me such a device would seem to replace the wireless router many people now use for home networking. Technical differences don’t matter here, Comcast can do what they did with VoIP – bundle it and call it digital phone so nobody is scared off. Here they will bundle it and call it something like Comcast Home Wireless Link or Comcast Wireless Digital Phone or something that sounds like a natural extension to their current service. Then they only have to pay wholesale to Clearwire outside the home, and the same devices will work inside and outside, since all are wimax.
I’m no fan of Comcast, but I have to say it seems like an elegant solution. One can envision them keeping their digital phone lineup – you can keep your current phones, they plug right into the box. Or you can upgrade to any wimax handset that operates exactly the same except that it doesn’t plug in and keeps on working when you take it to the mall. It won’t be a quad play, it will be an enhancement to their triple play. Now, I have no doubt that on implementation of this grand concept Comcast will earn more of Ike’s BUNGL awards, but the general idea looks smoother to me than FIOS plus LTE for instance.
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