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September 13, 2007 at 10:46 AM

Clearwire launches in Spain

Clearwire, which is building wireless broadband networks worldwide, said today that it launched a network for the first time in Spain.

Spain marks Clearwire’s third international market. The Kirkland-based company, started by wireless entrepreneur Craig McCaw, also has networks in Ireland and Belgium, and through joint partnerships in Denmark and Mexico.

In Spain, Clearwire chose Seville, the Andalusian capital, as its first market. The service is called Instant Internet, or Instanet. In Seville, Clearwire will cover more than 300,000 households and 850,000 residents.

The release talks up the benefit of Clearwire’s set-up requirements, which eliminate the “hassles or delays of traditional ADSL services.” Clearwire requires no software installations or visits to the home.

Clearwire is directing people in Spain to the Web site at www.clearwire.es/, where the tagline for “instanet” is “the internet without telephone lines.” In addition, it says imagine having access to the Internet and being able to surf within one hour.

Clearwire sounds like it is trying to appeal to people who have had a hard time working with the telephone company, and providing better customer service.

The Spanish network is still using the older version of wireless broadband, and not mobile WiMax, which will be the standard going forward.

WiMax will be the focus of a trade show starting in two weeks in Chicago. Clearwire’s CEO Ben Wolff will keynote at WiMax World on Sept. 27, on the topic of “Clearwire’s vision for WiMax Mobile Broadband.”

UPDATE: Wolff will no longer be Clearwire’s keynote at the event due to a scheduling conflict. Taking his place will be Scott Richardson, Clearwire’s chief strategy officer. His talk will give an update on Clearwire’s progress and go into examples of how people will use mobile WiMax, also being called personal broadband.

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