Clearwire turns to Cisco for IP core, WiMAX devices

Clearwire said today it will partner with networking giant Cisco Systems. Cisco will provide Clearwire's IP core infrastructure, develop new mobile WiMAX devices and offer the WiMAX operator access to Cisco's extensive network of channel partners in which to sell Clearwire services to small businesses and enterprises. 

During a call with the press this morning, neither Clearwire nor Cisco would disclose the financial terms of this alliance, nor would they say whether Cisco has invested in Clearwire. Google, Intel, Time Warner and others have invested billions in Clearwire, but recently have been forced to write down those investments.

The WiMAX devices from Cisco will be available later this year and will include Linksys by Cisco routers. Saraj Shetty, vice president of worldwide service provider marketing for Cisco, would not specify what other types of mobile WiMAX devices the company is considering.

On the infrastructure side, Clearwire said that Cisco will be its national IP next-gen network core infrastructure provider. Clearwire is currently in the process of testing and certifying Cisco's IP NGN architecture, which includes Cisco 7600 series Internet routers, Cisco ONS 15454 and Cisco ONS 15310 platforms, Cisco firewalls and other elements.

Scott Richardson, senior vice president and chief strategy officer for Clearwire, praised the alliance and said that Clearwire will be able to leverage Cisco's channel partners, which will give the WiMAX provider leverage with SoHo and enterprise customers.

For more:
- see this press release

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