CHICAGO — I ducked into a session on operating WiMax networks Tuesday, and I stumbled upon a company called IntraISP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kirkland-based Clearwire.
Steve Roatch, executive vice president and chief operating officer of IntraISP, was speaking on the panel.
He said that Clearwire acquired IntraISP in June at a very early stage. The company is focused on managing billing and customer management software for WiMax and broadband networks.
Roatch said when Clearwire was looking for a billing system, it didn’t approach traditional vendors that serve the telecom industry. Instead it turned to Internet-focused companies. IntraISP got its start serving AOL/Netscape, Roatch said.
And, although Clearwire bought IntraISP, it’s allowed to serve even competing WiMax service providers.
He said the big challenge in IT for WiMax networks is staying ahead of plan.
“Keeping up with the business is one of the greatest challenges,” he said.
That’s especially true as marketing and development teams add new content and applications customers demand.
“The big challenge is in delivering personal broadband,” he said.