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Wireless startup Skyboxe announced this week that it’s received certification from the Federal Communications Commission for its all-in-one, Android TV-based hub. The company says its Skyboxe 4G could replace a cable modem, WiFi router, streaming device, and more when it releases later this year.
The set-top device aims to serve as a fixed 4G/LTE access point, an 802.11ac WiFi router, an ATSC 1.0 OTA tuner, and an Android TV-based streamer in one, roughly router-like package. Skyboxe says it’ll support a variety of entertainment, smart home, and productivity apps as well, which shouldn’t be surprising given its Android TV underpinnings. At some point after launch, the company says it expects to move to 5G, but there’s no specific date available for that upgrade just yet.
“We’re thrilled that Skyboxe has received its authorization from the FCC because it signifies that we will be bringing the platform to market imminently,” Jeff Allen, CEO of Skyboxe, said in a press release. “With our FCC ID in hand, we can now enter into trials with our wireless carrier partners and accelerate certifications with them as a ‘BYOD’ (bring your own device) that consumers will be able to purchase in the coming months. With Skyboxe, businesses and consumers will be able to combine their fixed and mobile data plans together to lower their total costs.”
Pricing details and a specific launch date (beyond “fall 2020”) haven’t been released yet, but the company is offering a no-obligation waiting list for anyone interesting in giving the all-in-one device a shot when it launches later this year. In the mean time, we’ll be on the lookout for any further details the company shares as the device’s release draws closer.
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