Providing a bit more clarity on its WiMax roll out schedule for the rest of the year, Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) indicated this week that it planned to bring the majority of its remaing 2009 deployments online in November, turning up three big Texas markets, three cities in North Carolina and the mammoth Chicago market. Clearwire also said it would officially launch service in Philadelphia in the next few week, opening retail stores to compliment the online sales already ongoing on its Website.
Clearwire has promised 25 markets by year end, and it has already met most of that goal through a combination of big markets like Atlanta and Las Vegas and much smaller markets like Boise, Idaho, and Bellingham, Wash. But from here on out, Clearwire will be focusing on bigger metros, keeping with Clearwire’s game plan of achieving 120 million pops covered by the end of 2010.
After Chicago, Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio, Greensboro, Raleigh and Charlotte go live next week, Clearwire will finish December with launches in Seattle-Tacoma, Honolulu and Maui. Clearwire’s investors Sprint (NYSE:S) and Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA) will also roll out their mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) services alongside Clearwire at launch, rather than waiting several months to follow up. Sprint will offer its hybrid 3G-4G service in all of the new markets, while Comcast will only sell its WiMax supplementary service in Philadelphia, Chicago and Seattle–cities where it has cable franchises.