Wednesday, May 10, 2006

US cable leaders consider bidding for their own mobile phone license

The leading US cable companies are considering bidding for their own mobile telephone license to compete with mobile operators and allow them to launch a quadruple play of cable TV, hi-speed Internet, Internet telephony and mobile telecomms. They would be following similar moves made by the UK's NTL who recently bought Virgin mobile and are seen as leaders in the quadruple play.

Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse Communications are already linked in the wireless realm via a joint mobile partnership with Sprint Nextel. But are clearly looking at taking this to the next level.

Leading telco's such as AT&T and Verizon should be concerned, for the cable companies are experiencing considerable succes with their triple plays and a quadruple one makes just as much sense - with one bill and one service provider for all your cable and telco needs.

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