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dib22

join:2002-01-27
Kansas City, MO
reply to FFH5

Re: Clearwire is a captive of Sprint's plans

Sprint owned over 50% of them until recently (and still owns a giant chunk)... sprint is gonna let them collapse and buy back total ownership is my guess.

I guess on paper it will be cheaper to do it this way?

25139889

join:2011-10-25
Toledo, OH
Sprint could get them on the cheap- but can Sprint take on all their debt. That's the question. It could bankrupt Sprint in the end. Which we all know is gonna happen sooner or later after they have no cash either.


FFH5
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
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said by 25139889:

Sprint could get them on the cheap- but can Sprint take on all their debt. That's the question. It could bankrupt Sprint in the end. Which we all know is gonna happen sooner or later after they have no cash either.

If Clearwire goes bankrupt, Sprint could pick them up w/o the debt, which would be wiped out by the court.


mix

join:2002-03-19
Utica, MI
reply to dib22
Anyone have a ballpark figure on the value of Clearwire's spectrum in 2012?

rradina

join:2000-08-08
Chesterfield, MO
reply to FFH5
Sprint could buy liquidated assets at auction but I disagree that the court "wipes out debt". Clear's debt holders will get as much as they can out of Clear's assets and they won't sell it to the lowest bidder.

What I don't know is whether or not the spectrum assets are sold separately or with the infrastructure and what involvement the FCC has. For instance, can AT&T or Verizon simply bid on and acquire the spectrum for their own infrastructure? Will the FCC allow either of them to get the spectrum or will they move to foster competition? Can the spectrum be sold or does this go back to the FCC and get auctioned again? (I'd think it could be sold but I'm guessing the spectrum isn't owned but rather a license was purchased. The license could have reclamation fine print if the holder of the license ceases operation.)


FFH5
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5
reply to mix
said by mix:

Anyone have a ballpark figure on the value of Clearwire's spectrum in 2012?

»gigaom.com/broadband/clearwires-···g-plans/

Clearwire holds over 100 MHz in every major U.S. market. To put that in perspective, that’s more than five times what AT&T and Verizon are using to launch their current ultra-fast LTE networks. With that kind of capacity, Sprint conceivably could continue to offer unlimited smartphone data plans well into the future, while its competitors struggle to limit their customer’s usage.

If Sprint were to tap into a future Clearwire TD-LTE network, it would have capacity to burn. Clearwire can feasibly launch an LTE network with 40 MHz of bandwidth, double what AT&T and Verizon offer today — and Clearwire has plenty more room to grow.

What is 100 mhz of nationwide spectrum worth? Easily billions. Sprint needs to keep control of this spectrum if they want to compete with AT&T & Verizon.
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patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1
reply to rradina
Liquidation is very rare for any corporation with enough clout to get MSM mentioning. Reorganization is what will happen, and Sprint will buy out the other debts at a fraction of the debts value in bankruptcy court.

patcat88

join:2002-04-05
Jamaica, NY
kudos:1
reply to mix
Clearwire doesn't own spectrum, it leases it from educational and non-profits. Clearwire's spectrum is EBS/BRS bands.

»wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.···=ebs_brs

rahvin112

join:2002-05-24
Sandy, UT
reply to FFH5
Baloney. It's lousy spectrum. It can't even go through 2 walls and it uses so much juice it drains a battery in minutes (which makes it lousy for cellphones but OK for fixed wireless). In auction I'd be surprised if they got even 10% of the value of the Class C block. Why would Sprint basically rebuild their entire network if the Clearwire spectrum was worth anything (keep in mind clearwire has all new towers and 100G fiber hookups to the towers).