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Category: WiMax
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 e-mail accounts, said

Clearwire spokeswoman Helen Chung.


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January 3, 2008 at 10:48 AM

Analyst gives Clearwire “buy” rating

Sid Parakh of McAdams Wright Ragen said today in a note to investors that Kirkland-based Clearwire is not being valued appropriately, and revised the company’s price target up to as much as $28 a share.

In early afternoon trading, Clearwire’s stock was trading around $12.79 a share, or down about 37 cents.

Parakh wrote that if you added up only the value of Clearwire’s spectrum — or airwaves that it owns — it would have an estimated value of about $11 to $25 a share.

Why is it undervalued?


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December 11, 2007 at 11:14 AM

Sprint to go live with Xohm very soon

Sprint is planning to launch its WiMax networks in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C., within the week, according to Telephony magazine. Sprint officials told Telephony that the soft launch will extend only to Sprint employees and is intended to prepare the networks for a broader trial early next year. At first, they will cover the…


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December 6, 2007 at 1:53 PM

Strong links between entrepreneurs and dyslexia

A new study suggests that a “staggering” number of entrepreneurs in the U.S. identify themselves as dyslexic, according to a story in the International Herald Tribune. The report said that of the entrepreneurs interviewed, 35 percent said they were dyslexic. The study also concluded that dyslexics were more likely to delegate authority and to excel…


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December 5, 2007 at 8:12 AM

Surprise, Clearwire will not bid for spectrum

On Monday, companies had to tell the FCC whether they were interested in participating in the upcoming 700 MHz spectrum auction and, by Tuesday, everyone was speculating who those companies were. I linked to TechCrunch, which had a pretty thorough list of who it thought was participating. Kirkland-based Clearwire, the wireless broadband provider looking to eventually…


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December 3, 2007 at 12:37 PM

Business as usual for Clearwire

Despite some doom and gloom about WiMax, Clearwire is acting as if it is business as usual. The Kirkland-based company said today that it launched a wireless high-speed Internet access and phone service in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte is Clearwire’s 45th market. Clearwire is still rolling out a pre-WiMax solution (which is why I thought it was…


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November 29, 2007 at 11:34 AM

Dual wireless standards will likely continue in U.S.

Verizon Wireless is making headlines for the second time this week. On Tuesday, I wrote about how it was going to open up its networks to unlocked cellphones and third-party developers. Today, Verizon Wireless said it is testing out a fourth-generation technology known as LTE, or long-term evolution. The Wall Street Journal noted that it was…


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November 9, 2007 at 9:17 AM

Could Clearwire be partnering with Google?

Is there something else in the works now that Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have officially said they are not going through with their partnership announced in July? Despite the break-up, Clearwire’s CEO Ben Wolff hinted in the third-quarter conference call this morning that something else may still be in the works. He said that because of the…


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