Clearwire launches in 10 markets, outlines broadband plans

Tue, 09/01/2009 - 8:55am
Mike Robuck

Clearwire has lunched its 4G WiMAX service in the 10 markets that were announced last month and said it plans to apply for funds from the government’s broadband stimulus project.

With the addition of the 10 new markets, Clearwire is in a total of 14 markets with 10 million people.

Effective today, the new markets are Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls, all in Texas; Bellingham, Wash; and Boise, Idaho. The Texas locations are all in Time Warner Cable’s footprint, while the Idaho and Washington markets are served by Comcast.

During an earnings call last month, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said Time Warner Cable would resell the Clear service in Dallas and Charlotte, N.C., as well as two unnamed markets.

In July, Comcast said it was rolling Clear into Atlanta, with Chicago, Philadelphia and other areas launching later this year.

Clearwire has said that other launches this year include Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Seattle, Honolulu and Philadelphia.

Clearwire has already launched mobile WiMAX in Atlanta, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore., and it expects to spend between $1.5 billion and $1.9 billion this year to expand its network.

In 2010, Clearwire plans to launch the 4G service in New York (Time Warner Cable), Boston (Comcast), Washington, D.C. (Comcast), Houston (Comcast) and the San Francisco Bay Area (Comcast), among others. Clearwire has a goal of bringing Clear to 80 markets and up to 120 million customers by the end of next year.

Last year, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Sprint Nextel, Intel and Google invested $3.2 billion in Clearwire.

Today, Clearwire confirmed that it’s applying for a “modest amount” of broadband stimulus funds from the federal government in order to bring its service to Detroit and Puerto Rico, which are two areas that weren’t originally part of the company’s business plan.

Clearwire also announced its plans to affiliate itself with a limited number of other grants submitted, as a spectrum and technology partner, covering additional territories in five states. Clearwire said the stimulus-related projects would have no significant impact on its funding or build-out plans, but would “demonstrate the company's support of the government's stimulus initiatives.”

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