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Sprint Swaps Broadband Spectrum With Clearwire

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Dec 23, 2005, 4:25 PM   by (staff)

Sprint Nextel and Clearwire have asked for FCC approval to complete a spectrum swap that the two companies worked out in October. The two companies are looking to swap 2.5 GHz licenses for different cities and rural areas around the country. Clearwire will give Sprint licenses to 9 major metro areas in exchange for 61 licenses in smaller markets. This license swap will help Sprint Nextel meet the FCC's demands that the merged company provide wireless broadband to at least 16 major metro areas within four years. It also more closely aligns the licenses to each provider's business plans. Sprint has recently announced several agreements hinting that the company will operate WiMax networks on this spectrum.

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Dec 28, 2005, 12:04 PM

Sounds like a good move

If i was clearwire..I would take 61 smaller, flat, and centralized markets any day of the week over 9 large oversaturated metro markets. Especially for a company of clearwire's size and the technology they are using.
no kidding! Tho Clearwire has a long way to go. My parents company tried clearwire with their business and didn't work out. The equipment alone was about the same size as their laptop! Might as well get a vzw aircard and pay the $20 more! 🙂 😛
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