Along with Sprint and its cable partners, Clearwire, founded by wireless pioneer Craig McCaw, is competing with the dominant U.S. mobile providers Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc (T.N) in the race to sign up consumers to lucrative services such as mobile Web surfing.
Nortel is saying good-bye to its mobile WiMAX business and jumping head-first on the LTE train. The company is working with Alvarion to transition its joint mobile WiMAX customers to Alvarion. Nortel is not exiting the fixed WiMAX space.
Nortel employs about 500 people to support mobile WiMAX, according to spokesman Ryan Hill, and it’s not clear how many of them might end up at Alvarion. The two companies combined efforts last year to integrate Alvarion’s radio access technology with Nortel’s core network and backhaul solutions.
The new company, to be named Clearwire, will receive a $3.2 billion investment from Intel Corp., Google Inc., Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Bright House Networks. The investment is based on a target price of $20 per Clearwire share and will give the companies a 22 percent stake in the new venture.
On October 18, 2007 the ITU Radiocommunication Assembly in Geneva adopted inclusion of WiMAX into the IMT-2000 family of technologies. This significant decision will make WiMAX as one of the approved IMT technologies and increase the adoption WiMAX in the world. This latest decision puts WiMAX on the same level playing field as other 3G technologies such as UMTS”.
Note: My vote is do it. The more Google build's independent access to the people who keep the lights on "search users" the better position they will be in for the future where we will have more players competing for the same pie.
It could cost as much as $12 billion and take as long as three years to build a national wireless network from scratch, Google's Washington telecom and media counsel said Sept. 25. That would be on top of a minimum of $4.6 billion to buy the spectrum.
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