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Clearwire's LTE Clues

Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) is getting more money from Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) for Long Term Evolution (LTE) and looking to raise more funds, so it looks we'll have the Bellevue bashers to kick around for a while yet.

Yet, other than Sprint CFO Joe Euteneuer's comments on Monday, we know very little about the scope of Clearwire's LTE deployment. There's no detail on how many cities the operator will deploy or how many potential customers the network will cover.

That's the way Cleawire likes it, for now. I called them Tuesday, and a spokesman said they were in a quiet period and not talking specifics.

So, the little we know so far is that they are planning to try and cover some large urban areas and are working tightly with Sprint to add capacity in busy markets. It is not even clear if the plan is to initially cover all of the company's existing WiMax footprint.

My guess is that the deployment will be in major conurbations like the New York metro area, Los Angeles and Chicagoland to help Sprint with capacity. Although, of course, users will need new devices with the dual-mode chipset just to access the TD-LTE network, so this is all forward planning for Sprint CEO Dan Hesse and Co. right now.

Of course, with the future of LightSquared 's LTE network still up in the air it only makes sense for Sprint to have some more 4G capacity cards to play.

Still, over time -- say, 2014 or so -- expect Sprint to look to offer services like fast video downloads over the TD-LTE network that it doesn't offer on its wider network and can charge more for.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Light Reading Mobile

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:47:12 PM
re: Clearwire's LTE Clues

Just remembering that Clearwire was making a lot of noise about its LTE trials in Phoenix. If they stay true to their old rollout method it would be smaller cities first, like Phoenix and Vegas... Atlanta, Portland.


That said they also might switch to get more in tune with Sprint's needs and desires which as Dan notes probably means high traffic places like NYC -- now that the companies have finally (maybe) figured out how to work together and fund a future.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:47:12 PM
re: Clearwire's LTE Clues

Just remembering that Clearwire was making a lot of noise about its LTE trials in Phoenix. If they stay true to their old rollout method it would be smaller cities first, like Phoenix and Vegas... Atlanta, Portland.


That said they also might switch to get more in tune with Sprint's needs and desires which as Dan notes probably means high traffic places like NYC -- now that the companies have finally (maybe) figured out how to work together and fund a future.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:47:10 PM
re: Clearwire's LTE Clues

My impression is that they're going to do it different this time, although it makes sense to start in Phoenix for sure.

S4GRU 12/5/2012 | 4:47:08 PM
re: Clearwire's LTE Clues

Since Sprint has proclaimed that they will cover 123M POP's with LTE service in 2012, and only 67M will overlap existing WiMax markets...that leaves 56M in non-WiMax areas.


One would have to figure those 56M would have to largely be in cities dissed by Clearwire's WiMax rollouts...like Phoenix, San Diego, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Indianapolis, etc., etc.


I would feel pretty confident that Phoenix is going to be one of the earlier LTE cities from Sprint...after the initial 8 largest metros they have said they are starting with.  But where Clearwire is going to go?  Who knows?  Does Clearwire even know?


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