In a major move to counter competitive threat from telecom
service providers and other online video streaming providers, the
five largest cable operators in the U.S., including
Time Warner Cable Inc.
Cablevision Systems Corp.
), Cox Communications Inc., and Bright House Networks LLC have
entered into an agreement for free Wi-Fi platform sharing.
Subscribers of these cable MSOs will be able to access Internet
from their respective laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other
mobile devices through a nationwide shared network of more than
50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in metro areas.
The five cable TV operators have created a new web access
network called "Cable WiFi". Using this network, subscriber of any
of these five cable TV operators can access Internet even if that
person is logging from outside his/her cable TV operators' home
At first, the user need to login simply using the credentials of
his own cable MSO's WiFi network. Within a few minutes, the
subscriber's device will be automatically connected to the Internet
once the person reach within the range of a participating WiFi
hotspot of any of these five cable TV operators.
Cable MSOs throughout the U.S. are facing increasing competition
from both telecom service providers and satellite TV providers.
Roaming Wi-Fi connectivity is likely to become a huge opportunity
for cable MSOs to minimize their respective customer churn rate.
The mobile Wi-Fi hotspot market is expected to become a
multi-billion USD opportunity within the next few years.
Several industry sources predicted that Wi-Fi enabled wireless
devices, such as phone, computer, and consumer electronics may
cross one billion mark by 2012. In addition to retail consumers,
the business enterprises are likely to become major contributor for
the growth of mobile Wi-Fi hotspot.
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