The difference between Clearwire's and the big telcos' capex plans in 2009 is startling

Dan Jones, Mobile Editor

March 11, 2009

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12:30 PM -- AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T)'s total planned capital spend for 2008 will be $17 billion to $18 billion, with much of that going on 3G expansion. (See AT&T Boosts 3G, Adds 3,000 Jobs.)

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) is planning to spend "a little over $17 billion," according to CTO Dick Lynch. Some of that money will go toward a new Long-Term Evolution wireless broadband network. (See MWC 2009: Verizon Picks LTE Vendors.)

Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR), meanwhile, is expecting to spend between $1.5 billion and $1.9 billion on mobile WiMax network buildout in 2009. (See Clearwire Preps $1.5B Deployment in '09.)

Granted, Clearwire is purely focusing on a single network technology rather than deploying both wired and wireless technologies. Nonetheless, the difference is pretty striking.

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Dan Jones

Mobile Editor

Dan is to hats what Will.I.Am is to ridiculous eyewear. Fedora, trilby, tam-o-shanter -- all have graced the Jones pate during his career as the go-to purveyor of mobile essentials.

But hey, Dan is so much more than 4G maps and state-of-the-art headgear. Before joining the Light Reading team in 2002 he was an award-winning cult hit on Broadway (with four 'Toni' awards, two 'Emma' gongs and a 'Brian' to his name) with his one-man show, "Dan Sings the Show Tunes."

His perfectly crafted blogs, falling under the "Jonestown" banner, have been compared to the works of Chekhov. But only by Dan.

He lives in Brooklyn with cats.

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