Clearwire Scales Back LTE Ambitions
From 5,000 to 2,000 Cell Sites By June 2013
Clearwire is scaling back the company's LTE ambitions in light of the industry landscape shift caused by the Sprint SoftBank deal. The company had originally stated that they'd have 5,000 cell cites upgraded to LTE by the middle of 2013, but they're now trimming that number back to 2,000. The announcement comes on the heels of Sprint's acquisition by Japanese carrier SoftBank
, and rumors that Clearwire will ultimately be acquired by Sprint. Filings earlier this month also stated Clearwire was giving itself additional room to delay their LTE build
"We want to make sure our LTE network is built in conjunction or alignment with Sprint introducing devices capable of using it," Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch stated on a conference call discussing the company's third quarter earnings. The company insists they're on pace to have 800 TD-LTE commissioned sites by the end of this year, and 2,000 sites deployed for the company's promised June 2013 LTE launch.
Sprint grabs life by the... Lol, Sprint really did grab them by the balls didn't they! If I was a MVNO I'd be worried about any deals I made.
"The relationship between what we see and what we know is never settled..."
AT&T & Verizon will remain at the top We will never see true mobile data options in this country if these companies keep cutting back. AT&T and Verizon will maintain the most coverage overall. Between Sprint's mediocre LTE rollout, T-Mobile's lackluster 3G coverage, and now this...it's really disappointing to be honest.
Bon Aqua, TN
Re: AT&T & Verizon will remain at the top /agree
Until unlimited data plans are offered in some form by ALL carriers, LTE will be MEDIOCRE.
Re: Until unlimited data plans are offered in some form
said by raye:Agreed.
by ALL carriers, LTE will be MEDIOCRE.