More Markets For Clearwire, Plus Tower Locations!

September 30th, 2010 by · 2 Comments

The great WiMAX rollout continues unabated, with clwr officially opening its networks for business in two more major metro areas overnight.  First are the twin cities of Minneapolis and St.Paul, where the coverage area includes some 2.1M people.  Second is the city of Pittsburgh, with another 820K under their belt.  And last week they added Orlando as well, though I didn’t happen to cover it here at the time.  Here are quick snapshots of the coverage in those areas:

Minneapolis/St.Paul MN Pittsburgh Orlando

And what you also may find when you zoom in on your neighborhood is that Clearwire is not just giving out their coverage area, but the actual tower locations as well – as you can see to the left here.  I wonder just how this sort of disclosure is going to affect the competitive landscape down the line.  Companies like Verizon and AT&T don’t just dislike giving out this much information, they probably can’t do it because it’s jut not built into their systems.  Will it give Clearwire an advantage, or will it actually hurt since Verizon salesfolk can be vague about coverage and still sell to someone in a dead spot while Clearwire can’t?

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  • mhammett says:

    Most of Clearwire’s tower locations are already public knowledge. Most if not all of Clearwire’s towers have PtP microwave links to at least one other tower. Those links are in one of the various licensed bands, so putting the correct parameters into the FCC’s ULS will spit that out for you.

  • carlkj says:

    The shift in the board comes as Sprint and Clearwire wrestle the timing and strategy of the deployment of Clearwire’s fourth-generation wireless network, as well as a looming need for additional funding. Clearwire said that the resignations relate to addressing recent changes in antitrust laws, but the move could provide Clearwire added flexibility to pursue a deal.

    Sprint, which owns owns 54% of Clearwire, has positioned the 4G network as its primary weapon for attracting and retaining its highest value customers. Sprint could buy out the remaining stake in the company–other shareholders such as Comcast Corp. (CMCSK, CMCSA) have signaled they were unwilling to provide additional funding.

    Clearwire could also pursue a deal with T-Mobile USA, the U.S. wireless arm of Deutsche Telekom AG (DT). Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow has said he was in talks with T-Mobile about a potential resale or investment partnership.

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