Back in November, we reported about Clearwire’s intentions on cutting 15 percent of its workforce in the hopes of saving some cash. Well, it looks like they’re escalating the process because the company is in desperate need of money.
In a stunningly quick move, Clearwire officially announced (see update above) that they are going forward in exiting the retail front and will undoubtedly place their attention solely on branching their 4G WiMAX network. Now even though they don’t intend on shuttering their 140 retail outlets nationwide right away, there is no time frame on when it’ll actually occur. However, we’ll probably get more of a clear indication come February 17th because they’re slated to announce their usual quarterly earnings.
Sure it’s a serious blow to the workers manning those retail locations, but with one less distraction out of their way, they can seriously focus on the important nitty gritty stuff as the competition in the 4G space continues to rise.