by Mike Masnick

Filed Under:
cable companies, wimax

clearwire, comcast, sprint, time warner

Cable Companies Looking To Buddy Up With Sprint Once Again To Save WiMax

from the let's-see-how-this-works... dept

Remember a couple years ago when all the big cable companies teamed up with Sprint with plenty of fanfare to provide mobile phone service and to compete against Verizon and AT&T? Whatever happened to that? Oh, right, it went nowhere. So, perhaps don't get too worked up over the news today that cable companies Comcast and Time Warner might be teaming up with Sprint and Clearwire to fund their troubled WiMax efforts. If you recall, Sprint and Clearwire had a huge deal (with hundreds of millions in backing from Intel) to WiMax the nation, and that deal also fell apart though everyone knows they've been seeing each other on the sly. They know they can't do it alone, so certainly having some support from Comcast and Time Warner could help move this project forward, but there have been so many false starts and stumbles that you can bet this isn't going to go as smoothly as all the players are about to suggest.

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  1. identicon
    BlowURmindBowel, Mar 26th, 2008 @ 1:53pm

    Let them...

    If they want to flush millions down the toilet, I say LET THEM! I have never been a fan of any of the companies involved, so let them not have their cake or eat it either...

    WiMax is dead-in-the-water pipe-dream bullhockey crap!

    Hopefully this will be the final folly that puts sprint on the auction block.

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  2. identicon
    Etch, Mar 26th, 2008 @ 3:33pm

    Why did WiMax die, anyways?

    Does anyone know why WiMax died? Was there another standard that beat it, or was it just a bad effort??

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  3. identicon
    fdin, Mar 26th, 2008 @ 5:52pm

    Re: Why did WiMax die, anyways?

    WiMax didn't die... they just now finished the spectrum auction to make it happen like a couple weeks ago. Also, all the companies who participated in the auction are bound by law not to discuss or make any anouncements about their plans for the spectrum they purchased for a certain amount of time... a few weeks I think.

    A month from now or so, you will start seeing mass amounts of WiMax ads and whatnot.

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  4. identicon
    alaric, Mar 27th, 2008 @ 11:12am

    Fiasco in the Making

    Lots and lots of problems with this one but the biggest one is that the competition is just too strong and has too many options to upgrade their own network

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