Comcast and Liberty Global share US and European Wifi networks
Comcast Cable Communications and Liberty Global have agreed to share access to their respective US and European Wifi networks.
The move will enable Comcast customers to access Liberty’s Wifi hotspots across Europe, and Liberty customers in turn will be able to access Comcast’s more than 3 million Wifi hotspots across the US.
The Wifi hotspots will provide customers with an alternative to mobile data roaming when abroad, potentially reducing mobile roaming costs and relieving pressure on mobile networks.
"This is our first step in bringing global Wi-Fi connectivity to our customers,” said Tom Nagel, SVP of strategic initiatives for Comcast Cable.
“We are excited to be working with Liberty Global and see this partnership as a great opportunity to further expand our Wi-Fi footprint and offer fast and secure wireless broadband service to our customers, not only while they are here in the United States, but also while they are traveling overseas."
The two companies plan to trial the share Wifi service later this year, with the aim of a launch in 2015.