Comcast Business has emerged as a potentially new threat to AT&T, Verizon and Level 3 Communications on the large business front with the introduction of a new unit that will offer business services to large Fortune 1000 business customers in the U.S. For the operator, it's a logical step.
COMPTEL said in a new FCC filing that its wireline broadband members like Google Fiber and Windstream need access to fairly priced video content in order to drive new choices for consumers.
AT&T's upcoming launch of its 1 Gbps FTTH service next week in San Antonio illustrates that the service provider has become a major overbuilder challenger to the city's cable operators Comcast and Time Warner Cable.
Comcast has selected Oregon has the guinea pig for its much ballyhooed customer-service overhaul. The company has deployed its new Apple Store-like architecture in several retail locations in the state, remodeling the stores to have a modern but warm, human vibe (just imagine Universal Pictures' cuddly "Minion" characters copiously sprinkled around next-generation X1 set-tops and gateways).
Level 3 Communications isn't afraid of Comcast's recent creation of a new division to serve the complex wholesale segment, and sees potential wholesale service sales opportunities with the cable MSO, according to an executive.
Comcast will pay $33 million in fines and refunds and change its business practices to settle complaints with the California Department of Justice and the California Public Utilities Commission that it improperly disclosed customer data.
T-Mobile US is once again the subject of M&A speculation following French telecom conglomerate Altice's $17.7 billion deal to buy Cablevision, with financial analysts suggesting T-Mobile could be in play for a cable operator.
Comcast is open to leveraging its 11 million Wi-Fi hotspots and its MVNO relationships with wireless carriers into something more, but has no current plans to enter the wireless market with its own offering, according to CEO Brian Roberts.
Following up its $9.1 billion purchase of Suddenlink Communications in May with a $17.7 billion-plus-debt acquisition of Cablevision, French telecom conglomerate Altice SA has "lofty synergy expectations for its combined collection of U.S. cable assets," analysts say.
Just as operators like Verizon and AT&T hone their mobile video strategies, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says the cable company is "very much" part of the conversation going forward with Wi-Fi.