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Clearwire was the first mobile broadband carrier in the US, building a WiMAX network in its extensive 2.5GHz spectrum holdings. It is 45% owned by Sprint, which uses the network to support its ‘Sprint 4G’ services, though the cellco is expected to seek full control in future, and to integrate Clearwire with its own Network Vision multi-technology platform. Other investors in Clearwire include three cablecos (Comcast, Time Warner and BrightHouse), which are also MVNO partners, plus Google, Intel and founder Craig McCaw. McCaw’s Clearwire was merged with Sprint’s own mobile broadband unit, Xohm, at the end of 2008, to form a larger operator with a combined spectrum pile that was significantly larger than any rival’s. The company has its own brand, Clear, as well as supporting a range of MVNOs, but has lately come under intense competitive pressure from Verizon’s LTE launch, and a failure to attract further investment. It is now testing TD-LTE as a possible migration path from WiMAX.

Clearwire backs Sprint takeover

7 May, 2013

Despite shareholders concerns and rival offer from Dish, operator believes Sprint represents best of limited choices

Experts clash over Clearwire spectrum value

14 March, 2013

Clearwire shareholders field former FCC commissioner to support their case that Sprint's offer undervalue 2.5GHz assets

Pressure mounts for Sprint to up Clearwire offer

21 January, 2013

Two more shareholders indicate they will reject Sprint's current bid in view of Dish's counter-offer

Second Clearwire investor speaks out

7 November, 2012

Crest wants Clearwire board to act, not wait to be gobbled up

Clearwire investor calls for spectrum sales

6 November, 2012

Hedge fund which owns 7.3% of Clearwire wants the company in better financial shape so it can resist Sprint

More pressure for Clearwire as TWC sells out

18 September, 2012

Second largest cableco offloads its stake after finalizing deal with Verizon, Comcast and BrightHouse likely to follow

Dish's mystery partner may be Clearwire

9 August, 2012

Filing reveals satellite firm has purchased debt from a cash-strapped firm, raising talk of a 4G alliance

Clearwire breathes new life into retail business

14 May, 2012

Operator claims strong uptake as it tries to keep WiMAX revenues ticking along during transition to LTE

Clearwire plans TD-LTE in 31 cities in early 2013

30 April, 2012

Offers first details about next generation services, as first quarter results show effects of revised deal with Sprint

Clearwire plays capacity card

25 March, 2012

As firm sets out its stall for wholesale customers, it says it will be cheaper for operators to partner than build their own LTE