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January 15, 2008 at 2:32 PM

Clearwire’s partnership with Google

No, it’s not what you are thinking — today’s announcement is not about Google investing big bucks into Clearwire or lending it spectrum to build-out a nationwide wireless broadband network.

At least not yet.

Clearwire said today that Google will provide the back-end infrastructure for e-mail, chat and calendar to Clearwire’s customers. The change will take place over the next few months, but customers are unlikely to notice the change because they will still have access to their current Cleawire.net e-mail accounts, said

Clearwire spokeswoman Helen Chung.

The biggest difference is that they will start to have access to more features and services that mirror the Google Apps suite, including Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Talk. In the future, Clearwire may use Google’s AdSense for Search as it builds out its own Internet portal.

“Down the road we will build up our own portal and use Google search capabilities for any portal applications we will build,” Chung said.

Whether there is anything else in the future for a Clearwire and Google partnership, Chung declined to comment.

“Both companies share a vision of giving consumers innovative choices that will change the way they interact with each other. Beyond what we already announced today, we don’t have further comment,” she said.

The partnership came a day after the FCC said 214 bidders qualified for an upcoming auction of wireless broadband airwaves that could garner at least $10 billion for the federal government. Clearwire has publicly said it would not participate, but Google and AT&T are among the list of qualified applicants.

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