I'm a customer of both Sprint (multimedia phone and PC wireless card) and Clearwire (WiMax-ish WISP for my home), so the news of this collaboration is very interesting. Clearwire has also recently entered into marketing partnerships with DirecTV and EchoStar. More importantly, I think, this accelerates the development of mobile WiMax which, with other advanced mobile IP technologies, will quickly bring IP to the dashboard. Soon I won't have to use my notebook PC and Sprint EV-DO card to listen to NRK's Alltid Folkmusikk channel when I'm driving -- ja, youbetcha! Here are two articles (thanks to Dave Ostrom at my university). --Dennis
In Sprint Moves to Build WiMax Network, Kim Hart writes:
Sprint Nextel is taking a different path to high-speed wireless than its rivals: Instead of bidding billions of dollars on airwaves in a federal auction, Sprint is building a network that uses WiMax technology, a move that has attracted plenty of criticism. ¶ Sprint yesterday mapped out more plans for its network by announcing a 20-year partnership with Clearwire, a three-year-old start-up that provides wireless Internet service and is headed by entrepreneur and early Nextel investor Craig O. McCaw. Both companies hope the partnership will help build the new network faster and cheaper. ¶ WiMax, like the better-known WiFi technology, connects cellphones and laptops to the Internet at speeds comparable to cable modems. Proponents say WiMax signals cover larger areas and are less susceptible to interference than WiFi and can connect more devices at higher speeds than the networks operated by such Sprint competitors as AT&T and Verizon Wireless. ...
Link: Washington Post.
In Clearwire and Sprint: Racing Ahead, Tom Giles writes:
Shares of Clearwire, a provider of wireless Internet access, surged on news that it's pairing with Sprint Nextel to create a nationwide network designed to provide mobile Internet access at faster speeds than typically available now. ¶ The fruit of their cooperation will be the first coast-to-coast network providing broadband using WiMAX, a technology related to Wi-Fi with a wide-reaching signal so that users need not keep close to a hotspot at home or in a coffee shop to stay connected (see BusinessWeek.com, 7/11/07, "Will Mobile WiMAX Crack Fortress Europe?"). The companies plan to market mobile WiMAX services under a common service brand. ¶ Sprint Nextel ... and Clearwire ... had been planning separate WiMAX systems, but they say combining forces will let them build a network more quickly and cheaply. ...