Comcast Launches High-Speed Wireless Data Service in Philadelphia
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), one of the nation's leading provider of entertainment, information and communication products and services, launched its high-speed wireless data service in Philadelphia today as the company continues its nationwide rollout of Comcast High-Speed 2go.
Comcast's High-Speed 2go is a fourth-generation, or 4G, wireless high-speed data service that provides the fastest available wireless Internet in the nation via wireless data cards. Comcast will sell this wireless service bundled with one or more of its popular Internet, phone and television products, providing mobile broadband where ever and whenever customers need to be connected.
"As Comcast's hometown, Philadelphia is one of the most technologically progressive cities on the East Coast. Having the first and only 4G service bundled with some of the nation's fastest Internet speeds is evidence to that fact," said Eric Schaefer, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Comcast's Freedom region. "Comcast continues to drive innovation in the market - whether it's with video, voice, the Internet or now wireless - all for the ultimate benefit of customers in the Philadelphia area."
Comcast is selling two different data cards and service plans:
Comcast High-Speed 2go Metro service uses a 4G-only data card giving customers the fastest wireless service within the 4G metro coverage area. The Metro device operates only in a 4G service footprint.
Comcast High-Speed 2go Nationwide service delivers the fastest metro 4G service plus coast-to-coast access on Sprint's national 3G network. The Nationwide device switches between available 4G and 3G networks.
The world-class services Comcast is known for in the home are beginning to be extended to where consumers work, live and play. High-speed mobile Internet is one of the first products consumers want as a natural extension of Comcast's super fast wired high-speed Internet. The combination of the two is a unique proposition and the only package of its kind available in Philadelphia today.
For the first time, consumers will have bundled access to both the fastest wired download speeds and wireless Internet in the nation, sold together at launch as a "Fast Pack™." Fast Pack™ bundles will be available for as low as $49.99 per month for one year. Both new and existing Comcast customers will be eligible for special bundled pricing, with wired Internet customers receiving 4G wireless as an add-on for as low as $30 per month. Visit www.comcast.com/highspeed2go for additional pricing plans and service packages.
The $49.99 Fast Pack™ Metro service includes Comcast's 12 Mbps home Internet service, a free WiFi router for mobility and extended coverage in the home, and 4G service that will provide download speeds up to 4 Mbps when customers are on the go. For an additional $20 per month, consumers can upgrade to the Fast Pack™ Nationwide service that includes the same services plus nationwide 3G mobile network access.
Comcast is selling wireless data services following its investment in Clearwire in November 2008. Comcast's 4G service will be provided via the Clearwire network, and its 3G service will be provided by Sprint's nationwide 3G network. Comcast is one of the first investors in Clearwire to bring a service to market and expects that it will continue to add value to existing bundled products.
About Comcast Corporation
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 23.8 million cable customers, 15.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 7.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content.
Comcast's content networks and investments include E! Entertainment Television, Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, ten sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, which develops and operates Comcast's Internet businesses, including Comcast.net (www.comcast.net). Comcast also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectacor, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia.