Just when it looked like WiMAX was picking up steam at the end of 2007, the Sprint/Clearwire deal fell apart in November and some people started shaking their heads again. Sprint breaks up with Clearwire, ponders WiMAX commitment.
But as they say in real estate, there's nothing that money and terms can't fix. So no sooner had the dust settled after Mobile World Congress last week then rumors started flying thatwith a $2 billion insertion from IntelSprint/Nextel and Clearwire were courting again.
The deal supposedly would form a new company combining Sprint's spectrum licenses in the 2.5-GHz band with Clearwire's licenses in adjacent bands. A new network would be created, which would relieve Sprint/Nextel of the burden of a very major system-wide infrastructure makeover.
Intel's interest, of course, is in selling WiMAX chips in large, robust markets and now that Verizon and AT&T have apparently thrown their support behind LTE, Sprint/Nextel is the only game in town for WiMAX in the US at least.
Hopefully, some news will break soon. In the meantime we are left to ponder how Intel will revive its PC-oriented business if it can't find a way to participatein a big wayin wireless.