Sequans' main startup rival in the WiMax chip market, Beceem Communications Inc. , had been planning to go for a $100 million IPO this year but instead will be bought by Broadcom Corp. (Nasdaq: BRCM) for a cool $316 million. Sequans is currently known as a key WiMax chip supplier, but LR Mobile learned at the 4G World show last month that the company plans to introduce a chip that supports both WiMax and LTE in 2011. (See 4G World: Sprint Ready to Play 'Leapfrog'.)
MetroPCS Inc. (NYSE: PCS) has already switched on its network in the city. Verizon Wireless says it is working out some interference kinks in its LTE network in Detroit but the network should launch shortly after its initial 38 cities.
And, as we can see from this Aircom International Ltd. job ad, LTE is a big task in Detroit, with 3,500 sites needed to support the technology for one of the network operators in the metro area. Aircom doesn't say whether its "end customer" is MetroPCS or Verizon, but it supports both operators with their deployments.