Comcast may be looking to establish itself as a wireless carrier, if word on the street is to be believed. Apparently the company is in early stages of building a wireless service that would mainly use Wi-Fi network to function. In this case the service would be quite similar to Republic Wireless, which already offers a Wi-Fi / cellular hybrid service in the U.S.

A report from The Information claims that Comcast is going to use Wi-Fi from public hotspots and wireless routes to hands most of its services. In areas where Wi-Fi coverage is available, the service would tap into it. But if Wi-Fi coverage is unavailable, the service will automatically switch to spectrum that may be leased from large carriers such as Verizon or AT&T.

Republic Wireless already uses this method, which allows it to price plans as low as $5 per month, plus it has been around long enough to work out the kinks in Wi-Fi to cell handoff. Comcast will need to battle with these challenges initially should it launch a wireless phone service.¬†Comcast doesn’t necessarily have to pit itself against major U.S. carriers to make it in this business.

Its retail locations and customer service centers already provide it with a nationwide presence, the company can lean on these resources if it launches a wireless phone service. Though it may be a tricky time for Comcast to pursue this, given that it has its hands full with the Time Warner Cable acquisition bid.


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