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Clearwire Pulls Back the Reigns on LTE Build-Out

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Oct 26, 2012, 7:30 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Clearwire indicated that it has significantly cut down plans to deploy TDD-LTE cell sites during 2013. The company originally intended to activate about 5,000 TDD-LTE sites around the country by the middle of 2013. Clearwire has reduced that number by 60%, down to just 2,000 sites. "We want to make sure our LTE network is built in conjunction or alignment with Sprint introducing devices capable of using it," explained Clearwire CEO Erik Prusch during the company's quarterly results call with analysts. "This is prudent and it preserves cash so we don't build in advance of the revenue stream." Prusch noted that Sprint won't debut devices capable of using its 2.5GHz LTE network until the second quarter of 2013, and won't bring a 2.5GHz-capable LTE handset to the market until the third quarter of 2013. Clearwire said that it will have about 800 TDD-LTE sites up and running by the end of this year and should activate the 2,000th site by June 2013. Many of Clearwire's cell sites are LTE-ready, requiring only a minor equipment and software update to switch to LTE. Sprint's current LTE hardware uses its 1900MHz PCS spectrum.

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bobbyrowan

Oct 26, 2012, 10:12 PM

Spies?

So in reality where Sprint owns the majority of Clearwire and Softbank, Japanese mobile service, owns 70% of Sprint does this mean that Sprint customers will now be spied on? Understand this past summer and recently both ZTE and Huawei were accused of installing equiptment into devices delivered to the United States to basically spy on American people. Now accord to The Verge Clearwire, again who's majority shareholder is Sprint but remember again Softbank owns the majority of Sprint, will be using Huawei technologies for LTE, hmm....Doesn't anyone else find this suspicious.
No, because I don't care if they track what I do. I don't even care if they track the porn I watch.


Don't steal my money; Don't inform anyone specifically close to me about what I do with the information you collect, and we're good.


You th...
(continues)
No! Now run along back to your tin-foil hat costume party. Laughing
GradyPhilpott

Oct 26, 2012, 10:57 PM

Spelling

I do believe that you mean "Clearwire Pulls back the Reins on LTE Build-out."
They're pulling back the royalty on Clearwire. Sounds legit to me - DOWN WITH THE QUEEN! Oh wait.
 
 
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