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Sprint Teams With Top Four Cable Companies

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Nov 2, 2005, 12:28 PM   by (staff)

Sprint Nextel today announced that earlier reports of a new joint venture with cable companies are true. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Advance/Newhouse will all work with Sprint to create co-branded wireless phones and services that add cable programming and products. The joint venture will begin by offering bundles that include cable tv and internet as well as Sprint wireless phone service using EV-DO handsets. This service will then be expanded to take advantage of IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) and integrate the two more closely - allowing access of cable systems' email, pre-recorded programs and on-demand content on phones. As well as using UMA to allow wireless phones to make calls or access the web through wireless cable internet routers when in range. Cingular has announced similar IMS plans with their landline parent, SBC. Finally the companies will explore deploying high speed wireless broadband such as WiMax or UMTS TDD together in the 2.5 GHz spectrum.


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Nov 2, 2005, 2:18 PM

Updates on the deal

I am going to be elaborating on this deal.

As you know there, are four cable companies and sprint to form a joint venture. The are doing this to accelerate the combining of video entertainment, wireless, and wireless data communications to potentially 75 million homes served already by the cable companies. They estimate that they are going to serve about 190 million people or 65 percent of the country when it is completed. The offering is schedule to launch in quarter 2 of 2006. (April may June)

They are going to push mobile video and data on to the handset... an example; accessing a cable internet email account or web portal, programming your DVR, or having a single home and wireless voicemail... (I am sure you get the idea)

Thanks for the explanation. I have been very interested to hear the details since this was first leaked widely last week.

Ii have been wanting to leave Sprint for Verizon for a couple of reason: 1) to get their supposedly better coverage when I tr...

Nov 3, 2005, 6:41 PM

Sprint's hypocracy

Didn't Sprint just file suit againest Vonage because VOIP? Now Sprint announces they are going to start hopping into bed with different cable companies. Hello! Cable companies offer VOIP.

Perhaps someone at Sprint could explain.
Ummm, you think big corporations file lawsuits because of principles and not purely because of $$$??? 🙄
Who do you think is providing the VoIP backbone to most of the cable cos.? It's Sprint. I don't know the basis of Sprint's lawsuit v. Vonage. But, Sprint has long history in the packet voice arena. They developed a short-lived, mis-marketed product...
yea, sprint sued vonage becuase they think they violated a patent or few. the thing is vonage might either file for an IPO or want a $2 billion buy out.. you know who the rumored suitor is? sprint.

Nov 2, 2005, 12:56 PM

What happens if?

What happens if we are currently a Sprint or Nextel subscriber? Can we integrate our current bill into Brighthouse or TimeWarner's bill?
"In each market, the price of the integrated offering will be agreed to by Sprint and the cable company serving that market. Each cable company will be responsible for billing customers and for customer service in its territory for the converged offer...

Nov 2, 2005, 12:37 PM

Thanks Rich! ...

thanks for posting this news.. 🙂
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