Clearwire inks roaming deal with international WiMAX operators

Clearwire and two other WiMAX operators, UQ Communications of Japan and Yota of Russia, signed a memorandum of understanding that the companies said lays the foundation for roaming agreements among them.

The companies said they would work together on both the business and technical aspects of creating international roaming among their services. They also said they would work with Global Alliance Partner Program members and other WiMAX service providers to increase the number of countries that support international WiMAX roaming. Additionally, they said they would support the WIMAX Forum's roaming guidelines.

Likewise, Clearwire said it would continue to work with its Global Alliance Partners--YTL Communications of Malaysia, wi-tribe of Pakistan, Vee Telecom of Taiwan and Global Mobile of Taiwan--to make sure that there is international roaming among their services once they are commercially deployed.

Roaming has been one of the key focuses of the WiMAX community as it looks to strengthen its international reach. In January, the WiMAX Forum launched its Global Roaming Program, which is designed to facilitate WiMAX roaming.

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