Cable MSOs Opt For Wi-Fi SharingZacks Investmentupdated May 22, 2012TweetAt GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity on our content & provide transparent & unbiased information. Companies don't pay us to include their products although we receive a compensation when you successfully apply to products from our partners. See how we make money here.At GET.com we maintain complete editorial integrity.In a major move to counter competitive threat from telecom service providers and other online video streaming providers, the five largest cable operators in the U.S., including Comcast Corp. (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable Inc. (TWC), Cablevision Systems Corp. (CVC), Cox Communications Inc., and Bright House Networks LLC have entered into an agreement for free Wi-Fi platform sharing. Subscribers of these cable MSOs will be able to access Internet from their respective laptops, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices through a nationwide shared network of more than 50,000 Wi-Fi hotspots in metro areas. The five cable TV operators have created a new web access network called “Cable WiFi”. Using this network, subscriber of any of these five cable TV operators can access Internet even if that person is logging from outside his/her cable TV operators’ home market. At first, the user need to login simply using the credentials of his own cable MSO’s WiFi network. Within a few minutes, the subscriber’s device will be automatically connected to the Internet once the person reach within the range of a participating WiFi hotspot of any of these five cable TV operators. Cable MSOs throughout the U.S. are facing increasing competition from both telecom service providers and satellite TV providers. Roaming Wi-Fi connectivity is likely to become a huge opportunity for cable MSOs to minimize their respective customer churn rate. The mobile Wi-Fi hotspot market is expected to become a multi-billion USD opportunity within the next few years. Several industry sources predicted that Wi-Fi enabled wireless devices, such as phone, computer, and consumer electronics may cross one billion mark by 2012. In addition to retail consumers, the business enterprises are likely to become major contributor for the growth of mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. COMCAST CORP A (CMCSA): Free Stock Analysis Report To read this article on Zacks.com click here. Editorial Disclosure: Any personal views and opinions expressed by the author in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of GET.com. The editorial content on this page is not provided by any of the companies mentioned, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Opinions expressed here are author's alone, not those of the companies mentioned, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.