Clearwire outlines summer launch plans

Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR) revealed more details on its summer launch markets. The company today said it will launch its mobile WiMAX service in 18 cities this summer.

While some of those markets have already been revealed, newly announced cities include Nashville, Tenn.; Daytona, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eugene, Ore.; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, Wash. Previously announced cities on the summer launch list are Kansas City, Kan., St Louis and Salt Lake City.

Clearwire wholesale partners Comcast and Sprint Nextel (NYSE: S) said they will join Clearwire in launching Jacksonville and Daytona, Fla.; Kansas City, Kan.; Nashville, Tenn.; St. Louis; Salt Lake City; Merced, Modesto, Stockton, and Visalia, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eugene, Ore.; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, Wash. In addition, Sprint said it will launch its 4G service in Orlando and Tampa, Fla. and Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y. Wholesale partner Time Warner Cable will launch service in  Kansas City, Kan., Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.

Clearwire will announce its first quarter earnings later today. At year-end 2009, Clearwire had 688,000 total subscribers, which included 642,000 retail customers and 46,000 wholesale subscribers from Comcast, Sprint and Time Warner Cable. The total number of customers on Clearwire's mobile WiMAX service were 438,000. 

For more:
- see this Comcast, Sprint and Clearwire release
- see this Sprint and Clearwire release
- see this Time Warner and Clearwire release

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