Cricket partners up with Clearwire in providing 4G LTE service

Cricket partners up with Clearwire in providing 4G LTE service
Budget wireless carrier Cricket has just entered into a long term partnership with Clearwire, thus becoming the second company to make use of the LTE wholesaler's services. Over the course of 5 years, Clearwire's 4G LTE network will provide wireless broadband access to Cricket customers.

Back in December, Cricket flipped the switch on its own 4G LTE network, but to this day, Tucson, Arizona is the only market that is covered by it. Furthermore, the carrier only offers LTE USB modems and no actual LTE smartphones just yet. But over the next several years, Cricket wants to blanket about two thirds of its current footprint with LTE covereage, and while it is deploying the necessary infrastructure, the 4G LTE broadband from Clearwire will be used for network traffic off-loading. Additionally, once enough markets are provided with service, we might expect seeing the launch of the first LTE smartphones for Cricket. We will be keeping our fingers crossed.

But in order for all that to happen, the 4G LTE network that Clearwire is building will need to be turned on first. The company is expecting to have 5,000 towers deployed by the middle of next year. Neither Clearwire nor Cricket have mentioned anything regarding the financial terms of the deal.

source: Clearwire via SlashGear

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4 Comments

1. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

Dang poor clearwire i wonder if they wont be bankrupt by next year already ,.. but i guess cricket will help them out a bit now too ?? by the way its TUCSON, AZ

2. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Hmmm. Clearwire with LTE? Something doesn't sound right. I thought Clearwire was going to partner with Lightsquared for LTE along with Sprint. Obviously that's not happening now. Although I don't believe Cricket has much native coverage.

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I don't know where you heard that, but Clear has been working on developing and testing their LTE network for about a year or so now. It'll probably be Sprint and Cricket that use Clear's LTE network, and I'm predicting that Lightsquared might get involved and use some of Clears LTE as well.

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Cricket wants to "blanket about two thirds of its current footprint"? Which footprint, their 3G/broadband or their voice? If they cover 2/3 of their voice, then that would be a good amount of coverage; but if they want to cover 2/3 of their 3G/broadband, then that would be almost as non-existent as Sprint's current 4G coverage.

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