Clearwire to Offer Stock in Bid to Raise Capital
Clearwire today announced plans to raise approximately $300 million from a public offering of Class A Common stock. Clearwire said that it plans to use any funds raised through the offering for general corporate purposes, as well as to help build its planned Long Term Evolution 4G mobile data network alongside its existing WiMax network. The funds will also be used to help operate and maintain both networks. The offering is being underwritten by J.P. Morgan, BofA, Merrill Lynch, and Jefferies & Company. Clearwire recently announced that it will receive up to $1.6 billion from Sprint over the next few years as the two companies transition from WiMax to Long Term Evolution 4G. Clearwire has struggled to find funding for the last 12 months, and through most of 2011 ceased new market rollouts and reduced its product offerings.
T-Mobile Seeking Funds, Will Sell Stock
T-Mobile today said it intends to raise capital by selling up to 17.4 million shares in stock. T-Mobile said it will use the proceeds from the sale for "general corporate purposes, including capital investments and acquisition of additional spectrum." T-Mobile said the money won't be used for the AWS-3 spectrum auction, which is taking place right now.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Raising More Capital for Network Expansion
Sprint is looking to raise more cash for covering a variety of expenses. To that end, the company today kicked off a sale of $1 billion in senior notes.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.