SOURCE: Pike & Fischer

August 01, 2006 12:15 ET

Clearwire Corp. Takes Aim at Mobile WiMax Business

SILVER SPRING, MD -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 1, 2006 -- Clearwire Corp., the wireless operator owned largely by cellular industry veteran Craig McCaw, is teaming with key industry players in a bid to leverage next-generation mobile WiMax technology to become a major player in the evolving broadband marketplace -- and may just attain that goal.

That's the observation of Pike & Fischer, a consulting and publishing firm for the telecom industry, which has just issued an extensive corporate profile of Clearwire.

Less than three years old, Clearwire has struck alliances with Intel, Motorola and Bell Canada to give it a rapidly growing stake in the broadband wireless market, with a determination to be a major player in the mobile-capable WiMax technology that is just around the corner.

In addition, Pike & Fischer reports that Clearwire is taking aim at two additional markets: Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and video in connection with satellite broadcasting. Jumping into the VoIP market in April, Clearwire already offers that voice service in 13 of its 27 markets. On the video front, it is widely reported to be talking to both EchoStar and DirecTV about alliances aimed at aggressively competing in the provision of "triple-play" and "quadruple play" service bundles that are a key strategic target and competitive advantage of dominant cable and telco service providers.

All is not rosy for Clearwire, however. P&F notes that it has yet to make any money. Despite alliances with many cable and phone companies abroad, Clearwire faces well-entrenched competition in the U.S. It cannot match the maximum download speeds of cable modem and DSL services, and currently lacks the mobility support provided by 3G networks. It also faces competitive constraints with regard to its spectrum holdings.

The report by Pike & Fischer, a BNA company, covers every aspect of Clearwire's business, including detailed financials dating back to its launch. Charts show pricing levels, service offerings, and markets by country, U.S. states, incumbent phone companies, and top cable operators.

Entitled "Broadband Business Analysis: Clearwire," the Pike & Fischer report is priced at $399. Orders may be placed at 212-576-8741. For additional information about P&F's broadband reports and analyses, see www.broadbandadvisoryservices.com or email: jping@pf.com.

Pike & Fischer, a BNA company, is based in Silver Spring, MD. Executive summaries of the report are available to the media. Contact Meg Hargreaves, at 301-562-1530, mhargreaves@pf.com. For inquiries about the contents of this study or to schedule an analyst briefing, contact Jonathan Wentworth-Ping, at 212-576-8741 / jping@pf.com.

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