Sprint backs Clearwire

18 Sep 2009

Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse has reinforced the cellco’s commitment to Clearwire’s ongoing deployment of WiMAX networks, stating that his company would be willing to invest further in the operator if necessary. As more of Sprint’s biggest rivals, such as AT&T and Verizon, have announced that they are planning to deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology as their chosen 4G platform, speculation has mounted regarding Sprint’s long-term dedication to WiMAX. However, Hesse reaffirmed his company’s commitment to Clearwire, saying: ‘If the funding is not there, we are clearly willing and able to step up to our fair share of whatever that funding requirement is. Our goal with Clearwire is just that they keep building out that 4G network very, very quickly.’ To date, Clearwire has launched its WiMAX networks in 14 cities and plans to cover over 120 million people in 80 cities by the end of 2010.

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