Time Warner nears MVNO agreement
Dec 29 2004 - 12:05 PM ET | MVNO, Rumor
The Wall Street Journal says
[paid subscription req.]that Time Warner Cable is close to inking an agreement with Sprint to become a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO). While the story isn't new (MobileTracker
has been covering this rumor since June
) it appears the negotiations have gotten more serious. The deal is not yet final, and in the words of the Journal, "Could still fall through."
bq. Neither company would confirm that a deal is imminent, although a Time Warner spokesman did say that "we are working on plans for a wireless trial with Sprint." A Sprint spokesman said: "We continue to be in talks with our cable partners."
While the offering would first be limited to a single trial market -- Kansas City, Mo. -- during the first quarter of 2005, it could lead to a major escalation of the battle between cable operators and telephone companies.
While Time Warner would be the first cable company to offer cellular service, many others are interested
: Comcast, Cox and Charter have all entered talks in some fashion.
With Time Warner offering mobile phone service, the media giant will be able to offer consumers the telecom equivalent of a grand slam: cable, home phone (via VoIP technology), internet access and mobile phone service.