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Cricket Taps Clearwire for LTE

Cricket Communications Inc. will join Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) as the second customer to wholesale Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR)'s soon-to-be-built Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, the companies announced Wednesday.

Terms of the five-year wholesale agreement were not disclosed.

Why this matters
With only 23MHz of spectrum reserved for LTE in the markets it serves, additional spectrum will be crucial to achieve Cricket's 4G ambitions. The contract-free carrier has LTE up and running in one market in Arizona, but plans to deploy the 4G network across two-thirds of its current footprint, reaching 25 million POPs this year. Clearwire should help it fill in the gaps of its coverage.

The customer win is also good news for Clearwire as the wholesaler needs more money and more customers for its LTE-Advanced buildout, planned for 2013. Clearwire lost some of its cable customers as a result of its spectrum deal with Verizon Wireless , but it's also expecting to sign up more operators for LTE in the wake of LightSquared 's network being blocked by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) . (See Ides of March Looms for LightSquared , Comcast, TW Cable to Halt Clearwire Sales, Sprint's $2B Debt Play May Help Clearwire, Clearwire Close to $200M in Vendor Financing and FreedomPop Bets on 4G With Clearwire.)

For more
Read up on Cricket's LTE plans below.



— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:39:27 PM
re: Cricket Taps Clearwire for LTE

Yes, I agre. They've talked about VoLTE more than most though, and I think plan to have it out the gate on their LTE smartphones, so I doubt they go data only.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:39:27 PM
re: Cricket Taps Clearwire for LTE

Would be neat to see Cricket take the "leap" and start offering some data-only plans using the LTE network. Voice over the top, partner with Skype, whatever it takes. $50 a month, all you can eat, switch out devices... 


Never mind, I just woke up from the dream. Carry on.

kaps 12/5/2012 | 5:39:27 PM
re: Cricket Taps Clearwire for LTE

Would be neat to see Cricket take the "leap" and start offering some data-only plans using the LTE network. Voice over the top, partner with Skype, whatever it takes. $50 a month, all you can eat, switch out devices... 


Never mind, I just woke up from the dream. Carry on.

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