Posts tagged ‘WiMAX’
Clearwire, the US wireless broadband operator 51% owned by Sprint Nextel, has reported a narrowing of first-quarter losses to USD71.06 million, compared to a pro forma loss of USD76.44 million a year earlier (before Sprint and Clearwire unveiled their USD12 billion partnership to combine their planned nationwide mobile WiMAX networks). Revenue in the three months to the end of March 2009 rose 21% year-on-year to USD62.1 million. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Clearwire provides broadband internet services in at least 50 markets nationwide via fixed wireless networks which utilise a combination of pre-WiMAX and true 802.16e mobile WiMAX technologies. Clearwire, which has so far launched commercial WiMAX in Baltimore and Portland, Oregon, reported that it added 25,000 subscribers in the first quarter, bringing its total base to 500,000 (up 57,000 year-on-year). The firm expects to add 802.16e networks in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Seattle during 2009. The company said yesterday that it still plans to expand its ‘Clear 4G’ WiMAX service to 80 markets covering a potential 120 million customers by the end of 2010 but the plan could be altered depending on the availability of capital.
Also announced yesterday, Clearwire has selected Cisco as its national core infrastructure provider as it expands mobile WiMAX network coverage across the US. Clearwire’s all-IP network will be upgraded and extended under the deal, whilst separately, Cisco is also planning to move into the mobile WiMAX terminal device manufacturing market this year.
Georgian cellco MagtiCom has launched a mobile WiMAX service for residential and business customers, according to a press release by Cisco. MagtiCom, which is 50.1% owned by US-based Metromedia International Group, is deploying an internet protocol next-generation network (IP NGN) supplied by Cisco, that integrates mobile voice and WiMAX services into a single network. MagtiCom currently offers broadband internet via WiMAX in ten cities across the country including the capital, Tbilisi. By the end of 2009 it plans to cover all major cities and regional areas of Georgia with WiMAX broadband services. Kaan Terzioglu, vice president of Cisco for Eastern Europe, said: ‘WiMAX is an ideal technology for providing vast territories with mobile internet access. Citizens and companies across Georgia can now enjoy the benefits of connectivity, be it for business, education, health care or new online services.’
The Kazakh ISP AsiaBell has launched its mobile WiMAX network in the Karaganda region of central Kazakhstan using equipment supplied by Cisco. The service, which is branded AERO, is being targeted at business and residential users in a region which is home to approximately one million people. AsiaBell chose Cisco’s end-to-end Broadband Wireless Solution, including an Internet Protocol IP Multiprotocol Label Switching (IP/MPLS) network core, which was integrated with the public switched telephone network (PSTN). AsiaBell also offers subscribers Cisco modems for use with desktop and portable computers. Stepan Vadyunin, CEO of AsiaBell, commented: ‘In 2009, we plan to expand AERO further across several regions of Kazakhstan and add video to our offering.’
Romania’s telecoms regulator ANC has revealed that it received no final bids for the two 3.6GHz licences that are on offer, despite receiving preliminary applications from six firms. ‘Signals from the market indicate that the main problem with these frequencies is their price, which the operators find too high. We will propose the Government a lower licence fee and then re-launch the granting process, as soon as possible’, ANC President Liviu Nistoran said in a statement. The licences will be used to provide WiMAX wireless broadband services; a third concession has already been handed to SNR in return for it agreeing to hand back the spectrum it already held in the 3.6GHz-3.8GHz band. The six companies that bought Terms of Reference for the tender were: Asesoft International, Comcore Management, Cosmote Romanian Mobile Telecommunications, Media Sat, RCS&RDS and Vodafone Romania.
Time Warner Cable says it hopes to launch WiMAX wireless broadband services to customers in at least one US city later this year. The firm is one of three US cablecos to be partnering WiMAX operator Clearwire, which is aiming to deploy high speed wireless networks in cities across the US. Time Warner plans to offer its customers packages of cable broadband, TV and phone services coupled with WiMAX-based wireless internet access.
The US cellular operator Sprint Nextel has been given twelve months to shut down its Nextel iDEN networks in territories served by affiliate operator iPCS. Sprint and iPCS have been arguing for years over the future of the iDEN mobile data networks; iPCS says the systems contravene the affiliate agreement it has with Sprint which says the larger firm cannot compete with iPCS in its exclusive service areas. iPCS has won a number of court decisions over the past two years, but the latest final order by an Illinois Circuit Court means Sprint has no choice but to close down or sell the offending systems. Sprint and iPCS are also arguing over Sprint’s WiMAX wireless broadband networks, which the affiliate claims also breaks their exclusivity agreement.
Israeli WiMAX vendor, Alvarion, which recently had to break up its mobile WiMAX deal with Nortel has swung into a fourth-quarter loss due a restructuring charge and the Nortel problem. The firm reported a quarterly loss of US$4.8 million, compared to a profit of US$12.4 million a year ago. Revenues rose 6 percent to $70.1 million, a decrease of 6% from $74.3 million in the third quarter of 2008, and increase of 6% from $66.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2007.Excluding a restructuring charge of US$3.4 million and other one-off items, the company reported a net income of $119,000, down from $3.1 million a year ago.
The sequential decline in revenues was primarily a result of Alvarion’s inability to recognize $2.4 million of revenues from the sale of products to Nortel Networks during the fourth quarter of 2008 after Nortel filed for bankruptcy protection in January and subsequently repudiated the joint WiMAX agreement between the two companies. The decline in Q4 gross margin was due to the write-off of the cost of the equipment related to the Nortel sales in the period.