AT&T objects to WiMAX venture

28 Jul 2008

The largest US wireline and wireless telco, AT&T Inc, has spoken out against the WiMAX joint venture which is being proposed by rival firms Sprint Nextel and Clearwire. Dow Jones reports that AT&T has called on regulators to block the deal which would see wireless ISP Clearwire being merged with the WiMAX business of Sprint. In a filing submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), AT&T says that the two firms have failed to list some of their spectrum holdings in regulatory documents, and if these additional assets were taken into account then the deal would have to be subject to greater scrutiny. The spectrum in question is held by public and non-profit organisations such as schools and the Sprint-Clearwire venture aims to lease this spectrum to help it achieve wider coverage on its WiMAX networks.