Where Art Thou, Alvarion?
4:20 PM -- Perhaps one of the most interesting questions around the Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) contract talks is why the world's top WiMax vendors doesn't seem to be involved.
Yep, where exactly is Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) in the Clearwire game? In all that I've heard, and that the WSJ is now reporting, there's not a sniff of the Israeli vendor. (See Huawei's Clearwire Ride?.)
The Dell'Oro Group says that, along with Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT), Alvarion is one of the big names in WiMax. The vendor got around a 15 percent market share in the fourth quarter of 2008. (See Nortel Kills Mobile WiMax Biz.)
Yet, unlike Samsung and Motorola, Alvarion doesn't seem to be involved with Clearwire. So what's the reason? Especially considering that Alvarion was one of the first vendors to get ratified for Wave 2 mobile WiMax 2.5 GHz basestations.
It may be that the contract is just too expensive in initial testing and support costs for the smaller vendor. Or perhaps there's just not enough revenue in the deal? After all, Clearwire has said that it intends to spend up to $1.9 billion in deploying WiMax this year, far less than direct cellular rivals AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless are intending to spend.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung