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The Convergence of Morrow

8:20 PM -- Facing the problem of how to attract high-ticket customers to faster wireless networks and keep them happy is nothing new to minty fresh Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) CEO, Bill Morrow.

He was tackling this challenge back in 2004 as Vodafone UK rolled out 3G services for business users in Britain. Morrow even alluded to bringing together WiMax (or 802.16 as we euphoniously called it back then), WiFi, and 3G. (See Vodafone’s 3G Outing.)

Which shows how difficult some of this so-called convergence stuff is: We're five years on, and almost no operator -- outside of South Korea perhaps -- has managed to "stitch all these networks together," as Morrow suggested then. But it also might give a glimpse of where the new WIMax honcho's head is at.

So far, dualmode efforts from Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) and Clearwire haven't amounted to much. Could we see that change as the new CEO finds his feet?

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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