Sprint And Clearwire Partner For National WiMax Network

Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have announced they are teaming up to deploy a national WiMax network, due for commercial launch in the first half of 2008. The two companies will build their respective portions of the network and enable roaming between the territories — the service will be sold under a common brand and promoted through Sprint’s stores (with CDMA/WiMax handsets). The release also notes that Sprint will handle wholesale and MVNO arrangements… The deal is still subject to the execution of definitive agreements (expected to be finalized within 60 days), review by the Department of Justice, and approval of spectrum license assignments and transfers by the Federal Communications Commission. Sprint Nextel will focus its efforts primarily on geographic areas covering approximately 185 million people, including 75 percent of the people located in the 50 largest markets, while Clearwire will focus on areas covering approximately 115 million people. Initially, the two companies expect to build out network coverage to approximately 100 million people by the end of 2008, with seamless roaming enabled between the deployed areas. Depending on the price charged to access the network this could change the mobile content landscape with faster, cheaper downloads. (release)