Huawei, which is trying to gain a larger foothold in the U.S. market, has scored a supplier deal with Clearwire. Rumors of Huawei's participation in Clearwire's WiMAX network buildout began earlier this year.
During a call with reporters, Clearwire Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer John Saw said that Huawei will supply the firm with radio access network equipment including base stations, element management system components and other network hardware. In particular, Saw said that Huawei was selected for Clearwire's network because it is the first vendor to make a multicarrier, four-transport base station that will provide extra capacity and streamlined deployment.
Clearwire is currently building a greenfield WiMAX network in the U.S., and so far has launched its Clear-branded service in Portland, Ore., Atlanta and Las Vegas. The operator has said that by the end of 2010 it wants to cover 120 million POPs.
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