Clearwire Shifting Toward Wholesale?
Anonymous hardware vendor claims Clearwire's changing strategy...
Though they'd already essentially made this shift as builders of a network used by Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and others -- Clearwire is apparently making a harder shift away from the direct retail sector, and instead focusing its efforts toward being a wholesale broadband operator, according to Digitimes
. The website (which has a good record of being, well, wrong sometimes) cites an anonymous source that claims Clearwire is also slowing their own hardware purchases, and companies like Comcast may be carrying a heavier part of the network build load moving forward:
Instead of focusing on retail business, Clearwire is now operating as a wholesaler, leasing its WiMAX network space to telecom and MSOs (multi-system operators), including Spring Nextel (sic), Comcast and Time Warner Cable, the sources noted...The cable operators such as Comcast may not necessarily purchase WiMAX CPE products through Clearwire's supply chain, and instead could source equipment themselves, the sources added.
Based on Clearwire's history of poor fixed wireless reviews
around here, and the early problems
they've been having with their new mobile WiMax deployments, maybe that's not a bad idea? Clearwire's going to need all the help they can get as Verizon and AT&T slowly ramp up their deployment of LTE (long term evolution) wireless broadband technology over the next few years, given AT&T and Verizon's deep pockets and massive lobbying influence.