Comcast Staffs Up For Mobile Trials

Comcast is recruiting technology executives who may be able to help it develop a new mobile service that would rely on WiFi and cellular 4G and 5G networks.

A recent job listing posted on its Comcast Careers site said Comcast is recruiting a mobile technology lab lead who “will be responsible for leading the technology trial activities in the lab related to the assessment of various mobile technologies in the areas of licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands.”

The nation’s largest cable MSO is also looking to hire a VP of business development strategy with “expertise with the MVNO [Mobile Virtual Network Operator] category and MVNO agreements,” according another recent Comcast Careers job listing. The VP of business development should also have “broad knowledge of the US. mobile industry and global wireless technology ecosystem,” and familiarity with “GSM, CDMA, LTE, VoIP, VoLTE, iOS, Android, PSTN, etc.”

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and cable chief Neil Smit told analysts in February that Comcast would “take a paddle” in an upcoming broadband wireless auction at the FCC. And as part of a spectrum deal Comcast signed with Verizon in December 2011, the MSO has the right to sign an MVNO agreement with Verizon that could give it access to Verizon’s nationwide LTE network. That pact, coupled with the 13.3 million WiFi hotspots that Comcast counted at the end of the fourth quarter, could help Comcast launch a mobile service that relies on both licensed and unlicensed spectrum.

Comcast is also looking to hire a mobile network architect for its engineering group, according to another recent job listing. “The Mobile Network Architect is responsible for designing a mobile network architecture converging WiFi and mobile network technology. Our ideal candidate has both excellent technical and communication skills, being able to work comfortably with both front-line engineers and executive business stakeholders,” Comcast said.

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