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Charter Is Expected to Launch Its Wireless Service on June 30


Jun. 20 2018, Updated 4:34 p.m. ET

Charter Communications’ focus on its wireless business

Charter Communications (CHTR) has reportedly moved closer to launching its wireless service, Spectrum Mobile, with the help of its MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) agreement with Verizon (VZ). According to a BGR report, Charter Communications is expected to launch its wireless service on June 30. The new service is expected to offer unlimited data for $45 per month. Its monthly plans are expected to start at $12 per gigabyte.

This move follows Comcast’s (CMCSA) 2017 launch of its wireless service, Xfinity Mobile. Charter Communications has formed a wireless alliance with Comcast to boost each company’s ability to compete in the wireless space.

Charter Communications and Comcast have a reseller agreement that empowers them to launch wireless services using Verizon’s network. Comcast’s Xfinity Mobile wireless operation is based on Verizon’s infrastructure.

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