Clearwire nabs LightSquared customer Simplexity as an MVNE partner

Mobile virtual network enabler Simplexity will resell Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) services and be its preferred MVNE partner and preferred provider of third-party branded services. Simplexity is also a customer of wholesale LTE provider LightSquared, but Simplexity said the Clearwire deal does not mean it is dropping its LightSquared relationship.

Under the terms of the Clearwire deal, Simplexity will become a wholesale customer on Clearwire's mobile WiMAX network and offer private-branded mobile broadband services to other MVNOs. Commercial service is expected to begin later this year. Additionally, Simplexity will provide a platform of services to potential Clearwire MVNOs, including sales and order acquisition, activation and provisioning, distribution and logistics, billing and subscriber lifecycle management, customer care and management analytics.

In an interview with FierceWireless, Terry Hsu, president of Simplexity MVNO Services, said the Clearwire deal is similar to the one the company struck with LightSquared in September. He said that Simplexity's goal is to provide MVNO services to companies that want to offer their own private branded wireless offerings and it made sense for Simplexity to expand its offerings to other 4G providers.

"It's not inconceivable for us to have multiple MVNO agreements and let our partners choose which services they want to leverage," he said.

Hsu said Simplexity is still working with LightSquared, but said he is not that worried about LightSquared's ongoing quest to get regulatory approval to deploy its network. Since Simplexity is not going to market as an MVNO of LightSquared's network directly, he said there is not a "make or break date" for LightSquared to launch its service. Hsu said Simplexity is not tied to one customer or model.

"We're happy to work with any network operators that are aggressively pursuing the wholesale business," he said. Hsu added that Simplexity's relationship with Clearwire will continue as it deploys a TD-LTE network.

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