Comcast starting Verizon MVNO service by middle of 2017
Comcast has been actively working with Verizon since the end of last year to execute an MVNO agreement that came out of a 2011 spectrum deal. We now know from CEO Brian Roberts that service is scheduled to begin by the middle of 2017.
“The team of over 150 people today are getting ready for next year,” Roberts said during Goldman Sachs’ Communacopia conference, “to launch a Wi-Fi/MVNO integrated product.”
The plan would be for “the very best” of the 28 million Xfinity wireline subscribers to be served an extra service in new bundles. That service would combine Verizon’s cell towers and instantly accessible Wi-Fi hotspots. All of this would be a ploy to build customer loyalty and have them buy more product.
Competitor Cablevision also has a mobile service that relies solely on the 1.1 million Wi-Fi hotspots it has in the New York tri-state area.
More details about Comcast’s program are expected next year.