Clearwire and its wholesale partners will launch mobile WiMAX service in 11 new markets in the fourth quarter, which will fulfill Clearwire's goal of launching 25 markets by year-end.
Clearwire said that, along with Sprint, it will introduce service in Philadelphia in the next several weeks. It also plans to launch in Chicago, Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, N.C., and Austin, Dallas/Ft. Worth and San Antonio, Texas, in November. In addition, the two companies will also launch in Seattle, and Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii, in December. Clearwire will launch its Clear branded service, while Sprint will launch the service under its Sprint 4G brand.
Additionally, Comcast, another Clearwire wholesale partner, will launch its High-Speed 2go service along with Clearwire in Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle. Currently, Clearwire has its mobile WiMAX network up and running in 16 markets. Several of these markets, however, are small and were already served by Clearwire's pre-WiMAX service.
Previously, Clearwire has said that would launch mobile WiMAX service in Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., in 2010. The company expects to extend its coverage to 80 markets by the end of 2010.
With Clearwire's success hinging on a wholesale strategy with Sprint, Comcast and Time Warner, Clearwire CEO William Morrow recently said he is confident that Clearwire's fourth-quarter subscriber numbers will exceed all other 2009 quarters combined. The operator reported just 12,000 subscriber additions in the second quarter, compared with 25,000 in the first quarter. Clearwire will report its third-quarter earnings on Nov. 10.
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