EarthLink plans fixed and mobile wireless services over Clearwire's 4G networks

EarthLink will start with WiMax and later offer an LTE service, but isn't planning to sell phones

EarthLink will resell wireless broadband on Clearwire's WiMax network starting early next year and later will launch a service based on that company's planned LTE network.

The rollout will begin with fixed-wireless WiMax service in consumers' homes and will expand to include mobile devices and small-business services, the companies said. Fixed wireless Internet comes over the airwaves but is designed to be used in one place. EarthLink has plans to offer a WiMax USB dongle for mobile data access on laptops but not to sell phones, said Jennifer Spindel, EarthLink's vice president of consumer products. When Clearwire launches its LTE network, expected next year, EarthLink plans to offer services on that network, too. No financial terms were disclosed.

The partnership fits the playbooks of both companies. Both EarthLink and Clearwire are underdogs in a U.S. broadband business dominated by AT&T, Verizon and the big cable operators. EarthLink resells Internet service on the networks of facilities-based operators, including DSL (digital subscriber line) carriers, cable operators and satellite provider Dish Network. Clearwire makes most of its money selling network capacity wholesale to other service providers.

Though Clearwire's biggest partner by far is Sprint Nextel, it has other wholesale customers, including prepaid mobile operators Jolt Mobile and Cricket Communications. While Clearwire has joined Sprint and other major carriers in embracing LTE, its WiMax network isn't going away anytime soon. According to an agreement between Sprint and Clearwire announced last December, Sprint will be able to use the original 4G network through 2015.

Access to Clearwire's 4G networks will allow EarthLink to add mobile and wireless components to its service offerings. EarthLink has about 1 million consumer and 150,000 business customers for its existing broadband services. Like Clearwire, it has been operating in the red. Last month, EarthLink reported a net loss of US$1.1 million for the second quarter, on revenue of US$338.2 million. Its revenue was down by 2 percent from a year earlier.

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for The IDG News Service. Follow Stephen on Twitter at @sdlawsonmedia. Stephen's e-mail address is stephen_lawson@idg.com

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Stephen Lawson

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Stocking Stuffer

SmartLens - Clip on Phone Camera Lens Set of 3

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Aysha Strobbe

Microsoft Office 365/HP Spectre x360

Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications

Michael Hargreaves

Microsoft Office 365/Dell XPS 15 2-in-1

I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)

Maryellen Rose George

Brother PT-P750W

It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!

Cathy Giles

Brother MFC-L8900CDW

The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.

Luke Hill

MSI GT75 TITAN

I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.

Emily Tyson

MSI GE63 Raider

If you’re looking to invest in your next work horse laptop for work or home use, you can’t go wrong with the MSI GE63.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?