Bad news for . Apparently and have decided not to pursue their partnership to build a nationwide WiMAX network. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the complexity of the deal and Gary Forsee’s departure from Sprint are to blame. This development puts a somewhat shaky WiMAX future in the U.S. into further doubt. WiMAX holds tremendous promise, but will require massive investment and the establishment of a flourishing technology and development ecosystem to bring it to reality. The Sprint/Clearwire partnership was seen as the flagship catalyst to enable such an effort. Someone else may need to pick up the WiMAX ball to ensure that promising future becomes reality.

Most observers believe that Clearwire, while having the vision to build a nationwide WiMAX network, lacks the resources to do so. The Sprint/Clearwire allegiance was seen as a means to a WiMAX end. Put another way – Clearwire needs Sprint to fulfill its vision. Recent speculation purports that Sprint no longer has the stomach to fully participate in their once grand WiMAX plans. Should they decide to further scale back, WiMAX, and its competitive implications are at risk.

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2 thoughts on “Sprint and Clearwire Sever WiMAX Partnership

  1. Sprint will be acquired. They are totally lost and trying to right a sinking ship. expect the bidding to start from Comcast and maybe Verizon will get in on it. Can’t rule out private equity either.

  2. Looks like Clearwire has the ball now. Sprint is out of the picture. Their WiMAX plans got the kiss of death – assurance that they will continue with it from an interim CEO. Since no other major carrier has WiMAX plans, Clearwire will have to take the ball and run with it. Look for them to buy Sprint’s WiMAX assets, financed by Intel and Motorola.

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