'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York
The Kirkland, Wash.-based operator has posted job ads looking for RF Engineers in the New York and New Jersey area. Under the tag-line "new markets deployment," the company asks for candidates who can "utilize propagation modeling techniques to complete RF designs of large-scale, complex markets" amongst a laundry list of requirements.
Clearwire isn't yet commenting on a potential New York deployment, or any other new markets it might get off the ground. "I don’t have any specific updates to share with you at this time, but we’ll announce our network expansion plans early this year," writes a company spokeswoman in an email reply to questions from Unstrung.
In general, however, she adds that deploying mobile WiMax in a new market can take somewhere from a year to 24 months.
Before the merger of the Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Clearwire WiMax assets, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) had signed a deal to deploy WiMax in NYC with Sprint. It is unclear, however, how far work actually progressed on that deployment. (See Sprint & Samsung in NYC WiMax Push.)
Clearwire has just launched WiMax in Portland, Ore., under its "Clear" brand, and had talked in 2008 about potentially launching in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Grand Rapids, Mich., this year. The company is now going to put its rollout plans to the board, so it isn't possible to say exactly what markets might go live next. (See Clearwire Cloudy on Chicago.) In general, the New York area hasn't been having much luck with wireless broadband deployments lately. (See NY's Statewide Wireless Network Could Be Kaput.)
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung