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August 8, 2006

Sprint sets sights on WiMax

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 9:37 AM

In a 10 a.m. press conference this morning, Sprint Nextel is expected to finally announce what technologies it has chosen to roll out wireless broadband across the country.

The WSJ reported in a story in today's paper that the winner is WiMax, the same standard that Craig McCaw's Clearwire is rolling out across the country. Sprint Nextel had also been evaluating Flarion, a technology owned by Qualcomm.

What's more interesting is that Sprint Nextel has chosen Intel and Motorola as its equipment providers. Those are the same two companies that recently invested $900 million in Kirkland-based Clearwire.

As part of that deal, Motorola also purchased Clearwire's equipment subsidiary, NextNet, for an undisclosed amount.

Makes you wonder what kind of roaming relationships Sprint Nextel and Clearwire will assemble...

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