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At long last, it seems that this particular saga is drawing to an end. Clearwire, once a hot company in the age of WiMAX, fell off of the map fairly quickly after it became crystal clear that LTE was the future of 4G. But recently, it has become a hot commodity. Both Sprint and Dish have been flinging dirt over who was going to take it over, and after Dish finally got fed up and walked away, Sprint moved in for the kill. And now, Sprint has its most promising sign yet: a stamp of approval from the FCC. The Federal Communications Commission announced this week that it has voted unanimously to approve the applications filed by SoftBank, Sprint and Clearwire related to their transactions announced... Read more...
Just what Sprint needs: another lawsuit to spend gobs of money on as it bleeds customers. But sure enough, the carrier -- which is struggling mightily on the coverage aspect as well as the LTE rollout front -- has just filed suit against DISH Network and Clearwire, citing the illegality of the DISH offer to buy up Clearwire. It has become an awful circus for all of these companies. Clearwire was once integral in getting Sprint into the 4G game with WiMAX, and now Sprint's suing that very company? Talk about a mess. Essentially, Sprint fears that DISH is about to buy up Clearwire, and Sprint feels that the transaction violates a great number of things. In addition to seeking to enjoin the tender... Read more...
Sprint and Clearwire have reached an agreement whereby Sprint will purchase roughly half of Clearwire for $2.2 billion (approximately $2.97 per share). After the transaction is complete, Sprint will have full ownership of Clearwire. The announcement comes days after Clearwire shareholders said a $2.90 per share offer from Sprint was too low. With the spectrum it will acquire from Clearwire and its own spectrum, Sprint will be in a better position to compete in the wireless market.  Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said Sprint is in a position to "maximize the value of Clearwire’s spectrum" and deploy it to increase the wireless carrier's network capacity. Sprint will utilize Clearwire’s... Read more...
If you’re surprised that EarthLink is still a thing, you’re not alone, but the ISP is apparently very much alive and kicking. Today, the company announced that it will offer its customers fixed and mobile broadband service via Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX network. The new capabilities will be available starting in early 2013, and will initially be aimed at in-home use with an eye toward expanding into mobile devices and small businesses. "Clearwire's 4G network is a great extension to EarthLink's business, enabling them to add 4G fixed and mobile data plans to their diverse service portfolio,” said Clearwire SVP of strategic partnerships and wholesale Don Stroberg. “We're... Read more...
Clearwire may not be the name in wireless that it once was when WiMAX was alive and well in North America, but there's no quit in these folks. The company is moving with the punches, announcing this week plans to launch a TDD-LTE network to serve 4G "hot zones" in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle and dozens of other markets. In a move that'll make it more competitive with LTE markets already out there, Clearwire will bring its brand of LTE to 31 cities in 2013, with the initial rollout happening earlier in the year, and the rest of the markets getting served in "mid-2013." Deployment of Clearwire's TDD-LTE network will target high demand "hot zones" in major urban centers... Read more...
Cricket may not strike you as being a major wireless player, but they're actually bringing on their fair share of customers; mostly folks who are tired of playing the contract game. And with that, comes expectations. With the major carriers jumping hastily to LTE, Cricket has announced a new deal with Clearwire (a five-year agreement) that will make Cricket the econd operator to have signed on to leverage Clearwire's forthcoming LTE Advanced-ready network, which will provide capacity off-load services to supplement Cricket's own LTE network. Cricket currently plans to deploy LTE across approximately two-thirds of its current network footprint over the next two to three years and to cover up to... Read more...
Wondering what's next for Clearwire? You probably aren't alone. The company that launched with WiMAX, and then sided with LTE, is still in a state of transition, and the Sprint tie-in makes things even more complicated / interesting. In the company's Q4 2011 earnings report, they notched greatly improved revenue and subscriber counts, but that's not the major news. Total revenue for full year 2011 increased 134% year over year to $1.25 billion, primarily driven by wholesale revenue which increased 876% to $493.7 million in 2011 from $50.6 million in 2010. Fourth quarter 2011 revenue was $361.9 million, a 107% increase over fourth quarter 2010 revenue of $175.2 million. Wholesale revenue in fourth... Read more...
Clearwire may be biting into LTE in the near future, but WiMAX is at the company's core, and evidently, so is sleek design. The company just launched the Clear Spot Voyager, one of the smallest 4G hotspots on the market. It offers unlimited 4G data plans, and if that one isn't in your wheelhouse, there's also the Clear Hub Express, a combination 4G modem and wireless router to give your home or office high-speed wireless internet. The Voyager offers 4G sharing with up to eight Wi-Fi devices at the same time, and brings up to six hours of battery life in a form factor of 2.6" squared. The CLEAR Hub Express provides users 4G internet and is the only piece of equipment needed to set up a 4G internet... Read more...
Clearwire's had a rough, wild ride so far, but things may be turning around for the fledgling wireless company. This week, the 4G broadband company reported selected preliminary financial and operating results for fourth quarter 2011. Record quarterly revenues of approximately $362 million are estimated for fourth quarter 2011, representing a more than doubling of revenues from the prior year's fourth quarter. Retail revenues are estimated to be approximately $198 million and wholesale revenues are estimated to be approximately $164 million for the period, representing 1% and 20% sequential growth, respectively, over third quarter 2011 retail and wholesale revenues. Fourth quarter 2011 net wholesale... Read more...
Well that didn’t take long. Verizon Wireless’ acquisition of SpectrumCo’s 122 Advanced Wireless Services spectrum licenses is already making waves in the wireless industry. As we reported earlier, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks were the trio that formed SpectrumCo, and the sale of that group’s spectrum to Verizon opened up the possibility of various deals between those entities. As a result, Comcast and Time Warner Cable are kicking Clearwire 4G to the curb. The two cable operators will stop offering Clearwire 4G service as part of their service bundles within the next 6 months. Comcast, for its part, will start bundling its offerings with Verizon... Read more...
For a company that doesn't sell any phones, Clearwire sure has been in the carrier news a lot lately. The company best known for helping Sprint out on the delivery of that WiMAX network is now in the news for something outside of The Now Network. Clearwire is reportedly in talks with various U.S. wireless operators, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless, with the topic of conversation being the sale of network capacity. Not surprisingly, American carriers are looking everywhere for extra capacity. Smartphone usage has soared and in turn, so has data usage. There's obviously limits to how much can be distributed at any given time, and Clearwire's hoping that they can be the answer to a looming... Read more...
While Sprint has a major stake in the company that provides WiMAX services to all of its 4G devices, Clearwire is still its own beast. It may not remain that way for long, however: a new Bloomberg report suggests that Sprint is currently "talking with cable companies about a possible investment that may lead to an acquisition of partner Clearwire." Reportedly, Sprint is talking mostly to Comcast about the investment, though a few other unnamed outfits are in the mix as well. No deal is set in stone just yet, but Sprint and Comcast both own stakes in Clearwire already. Clearwire already announced intentions to go LTE sooner rather than later, and Sprint is losing valuable time with Verizon rolling... Read more...
With Verizon Wireless and AT&T committed to rolling out 4G LTE networks, some have wondered what Sprint and Clearwire will do with their WiMAX technology. It's no secret that Clearwire has been testing LTE technology for a year. Sprint, which is Clearwire's partner and biggest customer, has also stated that it was not committed solely to WiMAX. Now, Clearwire has announced plans to add LTE technology to its network. More details are available in the press release below, but you can expect the initial LTE rollouts to focus on "densely populated, urban areas of Clearwire's existing 4G markets."  With the LTE Advanced technology it is rolling out, Clearwire says download speeds could exceed... Read more...
WiMAX seems to have hit a stumbling block in the U.S. Not a single new market has opened up during 2011, while Verizon's LTE network seems to be expanding by the week. But Clearwire and Sprint aren't giving up, and in fact, they're producing some fairly great hardware and plans. The newest is the Clear Spot 4G Apollo, a new personal mobile hotspot that connects to Clearwire's 4G WiMAX network, and the real kicker is the pricing layout. It can provide average mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 mbps with bursts up to 10 mbps, with unlimited plans starting at $35/month. It's a 3.4" square and will sell for $99 (or leased at $6/month), and should be available as we speak.... Read more...
Clearwire and Ericsson, sitting in a tree? They probably aren't kissing, but they are in cahoots now. Clearwire just announced plans to leverage Ericsson's global best practices, tools, and processors in order to "maximize effeicients, provide continued network quality and reduce operating costs." That's a mouthful, but it boils down to something fairly simple. Clearwire will be retaining ownership of all network assets and full responsibility for future network decisions, but Ericsson will gain responsibility for network engineering, operations and maintenance. Also, Ericsson will be adding around 700 Clearwire employees, so that's good news there. It's a new seven-year partnership that'll almost... Read more...
Did you know that Clearwire was considering making a smartphone, or cellphone? The same Clearwire that provides 4G (WiMAX) services to consumers and carriers like Sprint. Yeah, probably not. You know why? Among other things, Sony Ericsson was picking a bone with the company, suggesting that their logo was too similar and would inevitably end up confusing consumers if both companies were producing handsets with their respective logos. Clearwire hasn't had the easiest road of late. It's not cheap nor easy to build out a nationwide 4G network, and instead of forging ahead with a phone and also dealing with potential legal action from SE, the company has announced that they are ditching plans to... Read more...
The Mobile HotSpot shown here isn't new. It's a device that has kicked around on a few carriers in its day, but now, one of America's most prominent cable companies is taking a major step toward becoming an all-in-one service provider. Comcast has just launched this 3G/4G device as a part of their Xfinity Internet2go lineup, enabling pay-TV customers to get mobile broadband from the very same parent company. The device here isn't the story. It's a 3G/4G MiFi, just like the ones that have been around for years now. But Comcast is undercutting Sprint's version ($80) by charging just $25 on a one-year contract, and service costs just $40/month, whereas Sprint's 4G service costs $50. You'll still... Read more...
Well, guess what? Clearwire has some positive news to share. The company has taken somewhat of a beating in recent quarters, which is expected for a startup trying to build out a national network of WiMAX with hardly any carrier support outside of Sprint. But now, the company's Q1 2011 earnings report shows that they recorded quarterly net subscriber additions of 1.8 million: 1.6m wholesale and 155,000 retail. Revenue sat at $258.1m, which is up 142% from $106.7m year-over-year. That's not too shabby for a company that's still so young. Of course, expansion helps: their 4G network now reaches 126 million people, compared to 41 million a year ago. That's a 207% boost, which is nothing to scoff... Read more...
Is something afoot at Clearwire? To many, WiMAX has been a dying technology. LTE clearly has the Lion's share of the support globally, and many carriers (like Yota in Russia) have already switched their 4G service loyalty from WiMAX to LTE. But Clearwire is still a big deal, and Sprint's growing 4G consumer base relies on those airwaves. But this week, suddenly, the company's CEO decided to step down. There have been rumors that Clearwire and Sprint weren't exactly getting along, but definitely no rumors of the CEO just outright departing. But that's what has happened. The executive leadership team is changing, with CEO Bill Morrow stepping down and John Stanton, chairman of Clearwire's board... Read more...
Clearwire hasn't had an easy go of it. But then again, breaking into the wireless industry never sounded like an easy thing to do, so that's probably no surprise either. The company has been burning through cash at an alarming rate in order to build out their 4G WiMAX network, and that buildout rate has become critically important now that Verizon Wireless has turned on their LTE network. Clearwire had around a year to call the 4G world their own, but now, AT&T has HSPA+ rollouts, T-Mobile USA does as well, and Verizon has LTE. Competition is suddenly upon them, and there have even been questions about Clearwire's future. For awhile, the company was selling service both internally and via... Read more...
Well, that was short lived. Consumer electronics have a pretty short life-cycle these days. Even the HTC-build Google Nexus One only remained on sale for a few months, and now one of Clear's mobile hotspot devices has bit the dust. The iSpot was an interesting product from the start. It was a small 4G pebble that provided access to WiMAX services only, but there was one other big restriction. It would only work with Apple devices. MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, those type of devices. Basically, it was a WiMAX device designed specifically for Apple users. Because of that limitation, it was offered for just $100, with no contract attached. And then, monthly rates to WiMAX were just $25 per... Read more...
Did you know that Clearwire provides internet services for the home? They do. Aside from offering mobile 4G access, the WiMAX company also delivers Internet service to homes, and there's a new modem out for those who are considering the service. It's called the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi, and basically, it's a Clearwire 4G modem + WLAN router built into one single unit. Buying this prevents users from having to buy a 4G modem for their home as well as separate router to send signals out over Wi-Fi. This one box does it all. It's a pretty slim one too, so it shouldn't be too worrisome to install. The WLAN portion supports 802.11b/g/n and functions on Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64 and Mac OS8... Read more...
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