Monday, 16 March 2009

Comcast to launch mobile Internet using Clearwire’s network - USA

Comcast, a leading provider of cable, entertainment and communications products and services, is planning to introduce mobile Internet in Portland, Oregon, by mid-year, using Clearwire’s WiMAX network under an MVNO agreement. Comcast will buy Clearwire’s service at wholesale prices and resell it under its own brand name, to offer services comprising television, phone and fixed Internet. The deal comes as a welcome development for Clearwire and will boost its plans to build a nationwide 4G broadband network. Comcast has invested USD 1 billion in Clearwire.

Late last year, Clearwire entered into an MVNO agreement with Sprint Nextel, a leading telecommunications services provider, to enhance its broadband reach in the market. Clearwire plans to expand its subscriber base, targeting nearly 120 million Americans in 80 markets by the end of 2010. The telco aims to cover the regions of Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle by the end of 2009; and the markets of New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston and the San Francisco Bay area by 2010.