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Charter Might Deploy Its Own Strand-Mounted Wireless Small Cells

Charter recently had its earnings call where it revealed significant numbers from Q3 2019. During the third quarter, its Spectrum Mobile service was able to add 276,000 mobile lines. This is a number that has risen by 208,000 new mobile adds from the second quarter. It is pretty impressive to see these numbers, especially since the Verizon MVNO only launched in July 2018. With this new number, Spectrum Mobile now has a total of 794,000 lines.

Apart from unveiling its new subscriber count, the executives of the service also talked about CBRS spectrum and how it would be beneficial for the MVNO. According to CFO Chris Winfrey, "We're obviously experimenting with convergence, and we've done a bunch of radio and mobile experiments this year testing switching dual SIM technology."

As of this writing, the company already uses Wi-Fi hotspots to supplement its wireless service. They have also been testing CBRS radios as a way of offloading network congestion to another wireless network that they have.

By building its own wireless network, Charter would be able to deploy strand-mounted small cells that are designed to fit onto the available aerial cables. With this, cable operators will be able to deploy wireless small cells on these aerial cable plants.

If Charter or Comcast decides to launch their own strand-mounted small cells, they can tap CBRS spectrum and even use free CBRS shared spectrum or Priority Access Licenses (PALS) spectrum. The latter is set to be auctioned in 2020.

As of this writing, Charter makes use of 500,000 Wi-Fi hotspots. Comcast's Xfinity Mobile, on the other hand, makes use of 19 million Wi-Fi hotspots.

Source: Fierce Wireless  

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