Time Warner Still Interested In Mobile Service
from the bundles-bundles-bundles dept
While cable companies have been happy with their bundled offers, they’ve also been mulling adding wireless service into the mix to complete the quadruple play. Time Warner’s reiterated its desire to offer wireless on several occasions, and its CEO did so again today, saying they might pursue an MVNO or partnership arrangement, or make an investment in a carrier, either on its own or with other cable companies. It was rumored earlier in the year that Comcast might have been looking at buying out a mobile operator, but a deal seemed unlikely, while Time Warner’s doing an MVNO trial in Kansas City with Sprint, so it’s just a matter of when, not if, cable companies make a significant move into wireless. The competitive landscape’s changed a bit with Sprint’s merger with Nextel. While Sprint remains the so-called carrier’s carrier and is the most willing to wholesale its network, the national carriers’ size and wireline telco affiliations leave T-Mobile still as the most likely partner or target for cable providers — something the rumors about its sale only reinforce.