Clearwire on the Hiring Trail
In these grim economic times, there's at least one company you can still expect to be looking to add staff: Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR).
The Kirkland, Wash.-based wireless broadband operator has now jumped through all the hoops needed to close its WiMax asset merger with Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and get a handy $3.2 billion in funding from Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and friends. The deal, setting the stage for a nationwide mobile WiMax network, could be signed, sealed, and delivered as soon as Dec. 1. (See I Can See Clearwire Now.)
Given that the firm now appears to be on course to kickstart its rollout, Unstrung decided it was high time to check what jobs Clearwire is advertising. [Ed note: That and the fact that it is nearly Thanksgiving and there's not a huge amount going on, eh Dan?]
There's a distinctly Texan flavor to some of the positions Clearwire is currently looking to fill. Perhaps the most important positions are the director of network deployment positions in Dallas and Houston, but the company is also looking further afield to San Antonio.
The company has also been advertising for a network deployment head in Los Angeles, although there's no official word yet on its plans for the City of Angels. That suggests that the "new" Clearwire will target big-city rollouts in 2009 and beyond. (See Clearwire's LA Story.) It's a somewhat different picture from just a month ago, where Clearwire -- waiting for its asset deal to be approved -- reportedly cut back to a "skeleton staff" in Portland, Ore.
The latest word from Clearwire on its rollout schedule is that mobile WiMax should be up and running in Portland sometime in the first quarter of 2009. This deployment is expected to be followed by Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Grand Rapids, Mich.
Sprint currently only has one commercial WiMax market up and running, in Baltimore. It isn't yet revealing how many subscribers have signed on for that service. The network is also broadcasting in Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Washington, Northern Virginia, and, according to users, Dallas.
Part of the "new" Clearwire's plan is to integrate the two operators' sites into a WiMax whole.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung