Time Warner Cable rolls out wireless in N.Carolina

* To debut wireless ‘4G’in three N.Carolina cities Dec 1

* Wireless speeds similar to home Internet

NEW YORK, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Time Warner Cable Inc TWC.N, the second largest U.S. cable operator, said on Wednesday it would roll out its first wireless 4G network in three cities in North Carolina on Dec 1.

The so-called “fourth generation network” will let the cable company offer wireless Internet connections at speeds of up to 6 megabits per second or similar to the speeds of many home Internet connections.

The first product for Time Warner Cable’s wireless launch in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, is to be Road Runner Mobile.

The service would be Time Warner Cable's first from a joint venture between Clearwire Corp CLWR.O, Comcast Corp CMCSA.O and other companies that uses the emerging WiMax high-speed mobile technology.

With many consumers already updating their blogs and watching videos while on the move with mobile devices, cable companies are rolling out wireless services in order to avoid becoming irrelevant by restricting subscribers’ access to their homes.

Comcast, the largest U.S. cable operator, said in June it will be rolling out its version of the wireless service.

Reporting by Yinka Adegoke