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Cablecos, not MNOs, may lead the charge to fixed 5G

The cable operators in the US and some other countries have already highlighted the disruptive potential of a cableco armed with a huge WiFi network. Now those providers are getting into cellular too, and while Comcast and others may have been dragging their feet in bringing mobile services to market courtesy of MVNO agreements with Verizon, they are likely to get a lot more active in the run-up to 5G. Comcast was a bidder in the recent 600 MHz incentive auction, though it remains to be seen whether it is successful in winning licences – but its participation shows that the larger cablecos are being tempted back into the world of licensed mobile networks. A decade ago, Comcast, Time Warner…

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