Sprint poised to switch off Clearwire WiMAX network in Nov-15

7 Oct 2014

US mobile giant Sprint Corp has set 6 November 2015 as the shutdown date for the WiMAX network operated by its Clearwire subsidiary. Online journal Android Central broke the news, citing a leaked newsletter; Sprint is obliged to notify all legacy WiMAX customers about its plan twelve months in advance, and the letters are scheduled to be sent out this week.

Prior to Clearwire’s July 2013 takeover by Sprint, it had deployed WiMAX technology on approximately 17,000 cell towers and was in the process of deploying Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology using 2500MHz spectrum on approximately 5,000 of these sites, an undertaking which was completed by Sprint following the takeover. The outright acquisition of Clearwire allowed Sprint to push ahead with its ‘tri-band’ LTE strategy; the cellco previously utilised 800MHz and 1900MHz frequencies to support its 4G networks.

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