'Clear' Conference

4:15 PM -- As it stands, we know comparatively little about Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s deployment plans for 2009, only scraps gleamed from job ads and the like. (See 'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York.) The company says it will talk more about its roadmap early this year. (See Clearwire Cloudy on Chicago.) Some analysts are guessing McCaw's crew will launch in nine markets this year. (See Analyst: Clearwire Will Launch Nine in '09.)

If that is the case, what would be the "right" cities in which to launch? I tend to agree with a reader who wrote that Clearwire should be going for bigger cities, Chicago in particular. (See CES: Intel – We 'Still Believe in WiMax'.)

In fact, I have a list of the best cities for Clearwire's 2009 in mind: Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Atlanta.

Why these metropolitan centers in particular? Well I think that Clearwire has to hit a major list of conference and tradeshow towns to be in with a chance of getting bigger in 2010-2012.

This might attract people who absolutely want and need high-speed laptop connections -- business travelers I suppose you'd call them -- the kind of people who have WiFi and a couple of 3G cards now, whom you see hunched over their laptops in airports and convention centers across the U.S. trying to email reports and PowerPoints back to HQ.

If they knew that they could get Wimax in any of the major convention cities they traveled to, I can see that upping the prospects of individuals -- and maybe even companies -- buying in a WiMax card and some kind of monthly plan.

It still wouldn't be easy for Clearwire. Most of these cities present unique RF engineering challenges, and getting good and stable coverage from a new network is never easy -- let alone paying tower rent, land rights, and everything else that goes into the cost of a network.

Still, I think Clearwire has to get out ahead of Verizon Wireless and LTE in these markets to be in the game in 2010 and 2011 -- although you'd have to be somewhat naïve to assume that the cellular big guns won't face their own set of setbacks and challenges deploying LTE on 700MHz. (See '4G' Delays Ahead?) — Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

lrmobile_jepovic 12/5/2012 | 4:13:37 PM
re: 'Clear' Conference Of course entering one of the major markets makes a lot of sense. Clearwire is a very very brave company, being the only major wireless operator in the world with Wimax focus. So, the questions that begs an answer is: Why don't they launch in a major market? I see two options:
1) They (or their vendors) do not have the capacity or experience in the organisation yet
2) They do not trust the technology yet. A major launch with a flimsy service would surely be disastrous.

If mobile Wimax really was ready for a rollout, in the real meaning of the word, of course Clearwire would go for the major markets first. I think Clearwire realises that mobile wimax is still in a development phase, a field trial phase if you want.
joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:13:35 PM
re: 'Clear' Conference Its basically a question of time. If you track their hiring you can see that they are trying to build out in a fair number of cities. I would suspect that the desire to get more user data from the existing markets and actually have the network work right off the bat are probably delaying factors.

Still, time is definitely of the esssence here, the more users they can get more the cellular big guns come the better.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:13:28 PM
re: 'Clear' Conference Dan, another idea why New York and LA might be a target for 2010 or 2011 deployment: http://www.sidecutreports.com/...
kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:13:28 PM
re: 'Clear' Conference Dan, another idea why New York and LA might be a target for 2010 or 2011 deployment: http://www.sidecutreports.com/...
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