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'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York

Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) appears to be gradually moving ahead with plans to deploy mobile WiMax in the New York area, although building out such a market could take up to two years.

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

kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:13:28 PM
re: 'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York Maybe NYC (and LA) are needed to meet the buildout requirements from the Nextel/Sprint merger (conditions that Clearwire agreed to in its own merger of assets with Sprint)? Here's more: http://www.sidecutreports.com/...
kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:13:28 PM
re: 'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York Maybe NYC (and LA) are needed to meet the buildout requirements from the Nextel/Sprint merger (conditions that Clearwire agreed to in its own merger of assets with Sprint)? Here's more: http://www.sidecutreports.com/...
joset01 12/5/2012 | 4:13:27 PM
re: 'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York Could be a factor, in fact, you might argue its part of what sent Xohm into Clearwire's arms in the first place.

See:
http://www.unstrung.com/docume...

But its chicken and egg, they have to cover a lot of people however they can in order to get more funding and hit breakeven by 2015, doncha think?

Its going to be interesting to see how Genachowski changes things at the FCC, possibly in Clearwire's favor.

DJ
kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:13:26 PM
re: 'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York Yes -- I'll bet that McCaw and friends find some way to get their hands on some of that bailout dough, just for starters...
kaps 12/5/2012 | 4:13:26 PM
re: 'New' Clearwire Hires for 'New' York Yes -- I'll bet that McCaw and friends find some way to get their hands on some of that bailout dough, just for starters...
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