There’s been a lot of news out of Clearwire this week, and all of it appears good for consumers. First, there are reports that investors are planning to throw another $1.5 billion into the pot for Clearwire’s national WiMAX network. The extra cash should help keep up the company’s recent market-launch momentum (can I put in a request for New York and DC?) and give cable partners wider reach with a quadruple play offering. Second, Clearwire just announced its third quarter numbers. According to the 4G provider, 49,000 new subscribers (including me) signed up for Clear WiMAX service in the recent three-month period. Given the still-limited availability, that’s not a bad number, and the demand has got to provide fuel for further network build-outs.
If you look at Motorola’s Q3 shipment numbers, there’s indirect supporting evidence for Clearwire’s accelerated WiMAX push in the second half of 2009. While Motorola has many WiMAX customers across the globe, there was a big jump in WiMAX equipment shipments in Q3, at least some of which has to be attributable to Clearwire.
Finally on the updates front, it looks like the ill-fated Xohm brand is finally being phased out. Clearwire has apparently started sending notices to current Xohm customers telling them how to get upgraded equipment and/or software in order to transition to the Clear network. Clearwire will provide everything at no cost and promises no service interruptions. Nice.