Clearwire’s 2011 Outlook: Wholesale Focus, Retail Continues, Looks for Profit in 2012

On a year-end financial conference call that left most of the big questions surrounding its business unanswered, nascent national WiMAX provider Clearwire Thursday nevertheless retained a bullish outlook on its ongoing operations, even predicting the possibility of becoming profitable as early as 2012. While denying rumors that it would close down or cease its retail […]

The Rise and Fall of Clearwire

With no inside knowledge, we are still expecting that Thursday’s scheduled Q4/2010 yearly earnings call from nascent national WiMAX provider Clearwire will yield some solid news about the company’s path forward, including a full explanation of the rumors that say Clearwire will ditch retail operations and focus on being a wholesale provider to partners like […]

The real problem with Clearwire’s networks

Ken Biba has sent a few comments about why Clearwire is failing and points out the flaws in their network. Ken’s firm, Novarum, has tested 3G, WiMAX and Wi-Fi networks. He says: In driving and measuring a number of ClearWire cities, it is VERY obvious that the cell site density is much lower than required […]

What sank the Clear brand: Sprint 4G smartphone success and the hybrid hotspot

From several reports leaking out Wednesday night it is becoming apparent that Clearwire’s days of having its own retail brand are at the very least numbered, if not quite yet at zero. While we are guessing there will be more real details (and perhaps some more executive departures) discussed at both the upcoming Sprint earnings call on […]

Pricing, usage challenge ahead for 4G customers

With big 4G wireless network promotions coming later this year from leading cellular providers AT&T and Verizon, it still looks like the hardest job is going to fall to the potential next-generation wireless customer — who will be forced to pick and choose from a dizzying array of devices and prices, without much help or […]

The great spectrum hunt: why it’s harder than you think

Just some quick thoughts on a bunch of wireless spectrum talk that surfaced today at CES; while I will try to formulate some longer thought pieces on this subject I know that if I let it sit over the weekend it might never get done. So before Virgin whisks me back home some thoughts, reactions […]

Clearwire launches San Francisco network but Silicon Valley has coverage gaps

While the date is officially “tomorrow,” the press release for the Clearwire 4G WiMAX network launch in the San Francisco Bay Area is live late Monday night along with some very detailed coverage mapping that shows more than a few gaps in coverage both in and around San Francisco, as well as down the Peninsula and in […]

Video Fun: 4G coming soon to San Francisco

With the Clearwire/Sprint 4G WiMAX launch happening in San Francisco sometime this week(my guess is that we may see press releases crossing the wires sometime Monday night) the Sprint folks asked me for some commentary on 4G devices, how people use them, and how the Sprint/Clearwire service plans stack up against other offerings. Watch the video for […]

WiMAX “toasts” WiFi in San Francisco speed test

Even though WiMAX services aren’t officially available in San Francisco just yet, it’s no secret that the Clearwire/Sprint 4G network is alive and operating in many spots — including right near the Caltrain station at 4th and King, where our favorite “office away from the office” Panera Bread outlet is located. Panera, like other fine […]

Clearwire to raise $1.1 billion in debt offering

Nascent national WiMAX wireless provider Clearwire announced plans to raise $1.1 billion via a “debt offering” that will be used for “general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures.” Sidecut unofficial translation: “We’re borrowing some money to keep the lights on and finish building the towers we’ve already started.” Sidecut readers know we can explain technical network […]