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March 2, 2006 at 2:02 PM

Clearwire subscribers

Craig McCaw’s Clearwire has been stealing the spotlight when it comes to rolling out WiMax, or high-speed wireless broadband to the home. But the company has been mum on how well it is doing on adding or stealing away subscribers from DSL or cable providers.

The closest the Kirkland company has come to answering the question was during a speech by Nicolas Kauser, Clearwire’s president and chief technology officer, at an industry conference in January. At that time, he said Clearwire is “ahead of our projections — even our wildest projections.”

An article in Electronic Engineering Times may shed some light on what those goals are. It reported that Clearwire “has garnered more than 100,000 users since its launch in August 2004.”

In August 2004, Clearwire launched its first market in Jacksonville, Fla. Since then, it has launched in about 30 markets in the U.S. and offers service in more than 200 locations in the U.S., Ireland, Belgium, Denmark (under the Clearwire name with Danske Telecom) and Mexico (through MVSNet).

A spokeswoman for Clearwire declined to comment. “We don’t publicly discuss our subscriber numbers and have not made any announcements related to these figures,” she said. “The number listed in the article did not come from us and we are not even sure of the source.”

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