comcast_4gmodemIn a much anticipated move, is official in their Portland market. “With Comcast’s wideband Internet, we already offer one of the fastest wired connections available today. Now with the launch of High-Speed 2Go, we also deliver the nation’s fastest wireless Internet,” said Cathy Avgiris, senior vice president and general manager for wireless and voice services at Comcast in a company statement. Comcast is using Clearwire’s and Sprint’s wireless networks for the new service. While it’s too early to draw firm conclusions, does provide Comcast with a much needed legitimate mobile Internet product, intensifying the competitive landscape in Portland, with other markets to come.

The Comcast High-Speed 2Go products include:

Comcast is promoting a new , which bundles WiMAX access with Comcast’s cable modem service of 12 Mbps for $49.99, 16 Mbps for $59.99, 22 Mbps for $69.99, and 50 Mbps for $109.99. All packages are $20 additional per month for High-Speed 2Go Nationwide. Comcast triple play subscribers can add High Speed 2Go for an additional $30 month. The service also includes a free Wi-Fi router.

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Comcast is a significant investor in and intends to eventually leverage the entire Clearwire footprint for High-Speed 2Go service. Clearwire currently operates in Portland, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Las Vegas. Other cable MSO investors in Clearwire include and . While their plans have not yet been revealed, it’s safe to say they will follow a similar path to Comcast.

The development highlights a pending high stakes battle between cablecos and telcos. Telcos have had the wireless advantage and are certainly not going to roll over and give in. Cable is not looking to compete head up with a comprehensive mobile wireless product (at least not yet), but rather stress a ‘complete’ broadband experience, both in-home and on the go. On the contrary, telcos don’t have a ‘simple’ bundling process for mobile Internet and wireline broadband. Their wireline-wireless bundles stress more traditional voice wireless service. Look for that to change and probably soon.

As a result, an apples to apples comparison is difficult right now. But, assuming WiMAX matures and can put up a legitimate nationwide fight with LTE, expect a raucous battle between cableco and telco, with the highly coveted prize of a legitimate broadband everywhere experience.

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10 thoughts on “Comcast Launches WiMAX, High-Speed 2Go

  1. SOUNDS TOO EXPENSIVE TO ME HUNDRED BUCKS A MONTH COME ON. THAT SHOULD READ TWENTY BUCKS A MONTH AND THEN THROW IN FREE ROUTER GET REAL WI FI BROADBAND WITH THAT YOU CAN USE DEVICES TO MAKE FREE CALLS LIKE THE MAGIC JACK AND FREE TV OFF THE INTERNET EVERY CHANNEL IN THE WORLD FOR A ONE TIME FOUNTY DOLLAR FEE NOT IF COMCAST GETS INVOLVED THEIR IN THE CONTENT BIZ AND WON'T STAND FOR THAT TYPE OF CONNECTIVITY. FIOS OFFERS A BUNDEL OF ALL THREE SERVICES FOR HUNDRED BUCKS TOO. INTERNET,PHONE AND CABLE GET REAL TELECOMS AND CABLE COMPANIES MOST PEOPLE ARE EXPECTING A SIGNIFICANT PRICE REDUCTION NOT AN INCREASE. IF YOUR GOING TO BUNDEL GET THE PRICE FOR ALL THREE SERVICES TO AROUND FIFTY BUCKS A MONTH AND ONE YEAR CONTRACTS BECAUSE IN TWO YEARS THE WHOLE WORLD CAN CHANGE AND IT DID HOW DO YOU SPELL RECESSION AGAIN. ANYWHERE ANYTIME IS BULL THERES ALWAYS THAT EXCEPTION

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