Sprint shutting Clearwire WiMAX network by end-2015

8 Apr 2014

Sprint Corporation expects to shut down its Clearwire-branded WiMAX service by the end of 2015, according to the company’s 10-K Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing. In the document, Sprint notes that it has ‘evaluated [its] consolidated cell tower portfolio, including the 17,000 cell towers obtained in the Clearwire acquisition, and identified approximately 6,000 redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases’.

Prior to Clearwire’s takeover by Sprint, it had deployed WiMAX technology on approximately 17,000 cell towers and was in the process of deploying LTE technology using 2500MHz spectrum on approximately 5,000 of these sites, which has now been completed. Going forward, Sprint plans to extend its 2500MHz LTE deployment to approximately 5,000 more legacy Clearwire sites between now and 2015.

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