New Sprint-Clearwire deal a shot in the arm for mobile WiMAX

In a complex deal that will certainly be critiqued for months to come, Sprint and Clearwire announced plans to combine their WiMAX businesses and create a new company that will include a $3.2 billion investment from Intel, Google, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks and Trilogy Equity Partners. (See a breakdown of the deal below.)

For sure, it’s a shot in the arm for the mobile WiMAX industry, which, right or wrong, is tied to the success of Sprint’s planned nationwide WiMAX rollout. I spoke with Atish Gude, senior vice president of mobile broadband operations with Xohm about the implications of the deal:

“This is a big day for for WiMAX, and it lends a lot of credibility for us to build our business model. We have always talked about the business model first. We are talking about broadening the chipset system, getting WiMAX into consumer electronics, eliminating subsidies and instituting at-home provisioning so customers don’t have to stand in line. Those are all part in parcel to really change the mobile broadband experience in a way it ought to be.”
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