Sprint and Clearwire partner, WiMax goes large.

Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 3:35 PM

WiMaxSprint and Clearwire are teaming up their efforts to bring WiMax nationwide. And it's something that satellite radio, and terrestrial radio for that matter, should keep a close eye on.

The deal is huge. The two companies said today they'll collaborate on products, services, infrastructure, marketing and distribution. Both will build out their WiMax networks independently, but will enable roaming between territories. Sprint will focus on covering 185 million people in the 50 largest markets, while Clearwire will focus on 115 million people elsewhere.

Additionally, Clearwire and Sprint will exchange selected 2.5 GHz spectrum in order to optimize build-out, development and operation of the network.

It's not a short-term partnership either. The two companies are hooked up for 20 years, with three 10-year renewal terms.

Coverage of 100 million people is expected by 2008. Also, Intel plans to embed WiMax on its chips by the end of 2008.

I wonder if, in 5-years, we'll be referring to "radio" in an entirely different way?

[Press Release vs ZDNet


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