If Sprint can start building out a WiMax network quickly, it could gain an advantage over telecom and satellite competitors in the rush to provide advanced wireless broadband "4G" networks. "This is like a game of three dimensional chess because the cable operators aren't just thinking about how this helps them compete with Verizon and AT&T, but how this helps them block potential threats from DirecTV and Dish," says Bernstein Research analyst Craig Moffett.Wall Street Journal
Comcast + Time Warner + Sprint + Clearwire = New Wireless Network?
Cable giants Comcast and Time Warner Cable are reported to be in talks with Sprint Nextel and Clearwire to fund a new wireless company that would create a nationwide WiMax network.WiMax or the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access, is intended to provide high-speed wireless access from laptops, cellphones, and other mobile devices; it could also be an alternative to DSL and cable for "last mile" Internet access. According to the report, Comcast would contribute as much as $1 billion to the joint venture, while Time Warner would kick in $500 million. Intel and Google are also mentioned as possible participants, though the deal itself is by no means a sure thing. Reportedly, Sprint CEO Dan Hesse wants the discussions wrapped up in time for Sprint to announce something at the CTIA Wireless trade show starting next week.