Clearwire Path Clears

9:15 AM -- By later this afternoon, the "new" Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) may have passed the last major hurdle to the creation of a mobile WiMax carrier in the U.S.

Clearwire is holding its shareholder meeting at 9 a.m. Pacific Time tomorrow. We should know the outcome of the shareholder vote sometime tomorrow.

"We will issue a press release tomorrow to announce the results of our stockholder vote," a company spokeswoman says.

Clearwire and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) have already jumped another hurdle to the creation of a nationwide mobile WiMax operator as they enter the home stretch on a deal that will see the Kirkland, Wash.-based company receive $3.2 billion to build a wireless broadband network in the U.S.

An Illinois circuit court removed -- for the time being -- one of the last obstacles to the creation of the "new" Clearwire Monday, telling Sprint affiliate iPCS that it must pull its motion for a temporary restraining order on the deal, but that it could refile later. The wireless reseller alleges that the Clearwire deal will create competition for its affiliates, thus breaking a deal it has with Sprint.

All of this could clear the way for the deal to close by year's end.

– Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

lrmobile_kumaramitabh 12/5/2012 | 3:26:28 PM
re: Clearwire Path Clears Mobile WiMAX Spotlight on India
21 Nov 2008

With a number of companies moving ahead with investments on rolling out Mobile WiMAX in India and the stage being set for the auction of prime 2.5 Ghz spectrum in the next quarter, the spotlight is now India.

The Indian mobile sector has proved its mettle with a monthly growth figure of 8-9 million customers a month even in difficult economic conditions. The base of subscribers, now standing at 300 million is set to double in the next three years to over 600 million customers. All this is happening with serious gaffes in spectrum allocation.

The stage is now set for the auction of 2G and Mobile WiMAX 2.5 G spectrum and that is what is set to be yet another inflection point in the fastest growing telecom market in the world. With the 2.5 G spectrum falling under the ambit of IMT2000, the battle for the spectrum is set to be keen.

In a separate decision, the government has decided to take away the 3.4-3.6 GHz spectrum away from existing applications such as satellite TV. This is again set to be allocated to users for WiMAX and broadband applications.

With the agenda for WiMAX set for India, Sprint Nextel, which has already launched Mobile WiMAX services in Baltimore has announced its intention of launching WiMAX consultancy in India. As per Barry West president of XOHM, the time is right for such a move as companies in India gear up for a new ecosystem of networks and devices targeting the mobile world with a new technology.
In a similar development Intel has also revealed its plans for investing in the Indian WiMAX story. Known for its investment of $1 billion in SprintGÇÖs XOHM network, Intel is set to be a prime beneficiary of growth in consumer devices and its chipsets. The Indian effort is being spearheaded by Mr Sriram Vishwanathan, General manager for the WiMAX program who has voiced his optimism for the technology in no uncertain terms.GÇ£ It is for the first time that India will be able to take a lead in technology evolution. The country presents a phenomenal opportunity for WiMAX.GÇ¥
Not to be left behind, vendors such as Samsung and Motorola, which have been prime drivers of the Korean WiBrO and XOHM in USA with WIMAX modems, chipsets, USB cards and mobile devices have decided to give a new thrust to their presence in India. Motorola already has successful deployment in Pakistan ( Wateen Telecom) and is set to expand its presence in the region. For Samsung, known for its advanced handsets and leading presence in the WiMAX segment, India today presents the right time, opportunity and scale of growth as per the sentiments expressed by Mr Paul Thurneysen, responsible for 4G/ WiMAX business lines.
The deck is now cleared for the next stage i.e. the auctions which will determine which companies can go ahead with their investment plans.

freetoair 12/5/2012 | 3:26:27 PM
re: Clearwire Path Clears Interesting.
But if you think the US has been hit hard by the financial crisis - you better take a close look at the impact in India.

Furthermore Sprint is in dire straits and trying to do anything substantial in India would be a ridiculous endeavor at this time IMHO. The problem with India, while it has huge growth potential, is that the ARPU vs CAPEX equation is way upside down.

BTW what ever happen to the big SOMA deal in India?
Outside of Sprint WiMAX in US this seemed to be one of the largest deals announced?
Setting aside the fact that SOMA does not even have a WiMAX Forum Certified product and apparently would be responsible for all the CAPEX in this deal - essentially becoming the operator - which would seem a pretty big mountain to climb for them - what has happened since this was announced in March 08?

Yeah and Wateen - so what has happened there? Any numbers on subs / revenues?

It is fine to tout this - that - and the other. But how about some real data and facts!
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