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Clearwire said today that it has closed several transactions that will allow it to build out a nationwide WiMAX network, including gaining control of Sprint’s Xohm network and a $3.2 billion investment from several large companies. These deals were announced in May, and despite the downturn […]

logo_notagClearwire said today that it has closed several transactions that will allow it to build out a nationwide WiMAX network, including gaining control of Sprint’s Xohm network and a $3.2 billion investment from several large companies. These deals were announced in May, and despite the downturn that has pummeled stocks since then, the terms of the deal have not changed. The new nationwide WiMAX service will be branded Clear.

Clearwire received the $3.2 billion investment from Comcast, Intel, Time Warner Cable, Google and Bright House Networks. The cable providers will also resell the WiMAX service, even hinting that they will integrate wireless into some of their other broadband and entertainment offerings, much like AT&T and Nokia each hope to do. Sprint will also resell access to its current 3G network to the newly created Clear, paving the way for dual-mode 3G and 4G devices that will ensure that WiMAX devices work even where there’s no WiMAX network. This will be important in signing up mobile users. Below are other important bits from the call:

  • Baltimore, Md., and Portland, Ore., will be the first cities to go online, with no mention of Chicago and Dallas which were to go live under Sprint’s Xohm brand soon.
  • Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff says most of the $3.2 billion investment will go toward building out the nationwide network. Many of the pre-WiMAX markets that currently have Clearwire service will get Clear service in 2009.
  • Wolff also said that Clearwire is building the Clear network with equipment that can also be used for LTE deployments, meaning if LTE becomes necessary, Clearwire can upgrade its network more easily.
  • Barry West, the former CTO of Sprint Nextel and head of the Xohm efforts, will become president and chief architect of Clearwire.
  • Atish Gude, formerly senior vice president of Sprint’s XOHM mobile broadband operations, is now senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Clearwire.
  • First products on the market are embedded WiMax chips in laptops and USB modems, but by mid-2009 consumers will see more mobile Internet devices, MP3 players and other consumer electronics that can run on the Clear WiMAX network.
  • The Clear network should provide customers with average download speeds initially of 2-4 megabits per second and peak rates that are considerably faster.
  • Clearwire now has 100 MHz or more of 4G spectrum in most markets across the U.S.
  1. Wasn’t Wimax a failure that didn’t work? and was easily beaten in both price and performance by 3G and 4G networks?

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  2. [...] Higginbotham | Monday, December 1, 2008 | 5:00 PM PT | 0 comments Today Clearwire said it had completed the transactions that will allow it to build the first nationwide WiMAX network, to be known as Clear. CEO Ben Wolff [...]

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  3. [...] to get nationwide open-IP WiMax (maybe) Internet coverage See Despite Downturn Clearwire Gets Xohm and $3.2 Billion – GigaOM and Clearwire-Sprint make it official, pave way for WiMax rollout | Between the Lines | ZDNet.com [...]

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  4. [...] Initially, the network will deliver an average of 2-4Mbps downstream, with the first devices outside of laptops and USB modems arriving in the middle of next year—stuff like mobile internet devices and MP3 players. Another interesting tidbit: Clearwire is building the Clear network with equipment that can be used for LTE, meaning they can upgrade to it if they have to. And the way things are going for LTE—everyone is on board with it as the pick for 4G—that’s a pretty smart move. [Clearwire via GigaOM] [...]

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  5. [...] customers downgrading their service plans in response to the economy and increasing expenditures related to wireless investments should give investors pause. He also sees a slowdown in the growth of cable voice services — [...]

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  6. [...] as Clearwire (the combo company that includes Clearwire & Sprint’s 4G efforts and has liberal funding from others) will roll out its Clear service next year. Sprint claims that folks can get average downlink [...]

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  7. [...] is the first city to get WiMAX service under the Clear brand name after Clearwire closed its WiMAX spectrum merger with Sprint. Portland joins Baltimore, Md. as Clearwire’s only pure WiMAX network in the [...]

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  8. [...] Portland is the first city to get WiMAX service under the Clear brand since Clearwire closed its WiMAX spectrum merger with Sprint last month. Portland joins Baltimore, Md., as Clearwire’s only pure WiMAX network in the country. [...]

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  9. [...] Higginbotham | Thursday, February 5, 2009 | 9:00 PM PT | 0 comments When Sprint signed away its WiMAX spectrum to Clearwire in exchange for 51 percent of the company, and the promise of a nationwide 4G network, it also [...]

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  10. [...] spectrum deal, Clearwire CEO Ben Wolff made a point of noting that the Clear WiMAX network would use equipment that could be transitioned to an LTE network later on. Given the enthusiasm lately around LTE, both Sprint and Clearwire are [...]

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