Busy Week: Off To Portland For Clearwire’s Launch; Off To Vegas For CES Kick-Off


This is turning out to be quite the busy week. I’m driving down to Portland, Ore. early Tuesday morning to catch an event being hosted by Clearwire to hear all about its first true WiMax network launch in the greater metropolitan area. Afterward, I’ll be flying over to Las Vegas to cover the pre-CES festivities, leading up to the main event at the end of the week. Here’s what you can expect from both:

On Clearwire: This will be the first big public event for executives since they closed the merger with Sprint (NYSE: S) Nextel’s WiMax division. It is also the company’s first true launch of a mobile WiMax network. To date, they’ve been operating pre-WiMax networks around the country, and Sprint has launched in a limited territory in Baltimore, MD. It will be very important for the event and demos to go off flawlessly since Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) has committed to upgrading the rest of its markets to WiMax as soon as possible. Look for video here as soon as I can get it up.

On CES: The Consumer Electronics Show typically has a healthy dose of mobile news, and this year’s event — although likely smaller because of the faltering economy — will likely prove to be no different. Things to watch will be Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer’s keynote (which replaces Bill Gates); news from Palm (NSDQ: PALM) about its new operating system code-named Nova; a press conference by the Open Mobile Video Coalition, which will update us on where things are at with its mobile broadcast TV efforts; and a host of other interviews and observations I’ll be making during the week.

Feel free to shoot me an email if you have news or want to meet up. I can be reached at tricia AT moconews.net. My colleagues Staci Kramer and Tameka Kee will also be there, representing our sister site paidContent.org.

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