Clearwire poaches MVNE Simplexity from LightSquared

26 Jan 2012

US WiMAX operator Clearwire has announced that mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE) Simplexity will resell its services, and act as ‘an authorised reseller of Clearwire’s 4G mobile broadband service, Clearwire’s preferred MVNE and Clearwire’s preferred provider for third-party branded services’. TeleGeography notes that Simplexity is also a customer of would-be Long Term Evolution (LTE) wholesale provider LightSquared, but the MVNE has stressed that the signing of a deal with Clearwire does not mean that it plans to curtail its association with the troubled LTE start-up.

Under the terms of the Clearwire deal, Simplexity will become a wholesale customer on Clearwire’s mobile WiMAX network and offer private-branded mobile broadband services to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs). Simplexity’s services include sales and order acquisition, activation and provisioning, distribution and logistics, billing and subscriber lifecycle management, customer care and management analytics. Commercial services are expected to begin later this year.

However, when quizzed by Fierce Wireless regarding the similar deal that Simplexity has already struck with stricken LightSquared, company president Terry Hsu commented: ‘It is not inconceivable for us to have multiple MVNO agreements and let our partners choose which services they want to leverage. We are happy to work with any network operators that are aggressively pursuing the wholesale business’. Hsu said that he was undeterred by the regulatory red-tape delaying LightSquared’s network deployment plans, and stressed that as Simplexity is not entering the market as an MVNO itself, there is no ‘make or break date’ for LightSquared to launch its services. Finally, Hsu added that Simplexity’s relationship with Clearwire will continue as the WiMAX firm works towards deploying a TD-LTE network in the future.