In partnership with Clearwire, Sprint offers early access to the 4G network and 4G WiMAX developer program.
The 4G network is made possible by the Sprint and Clearwire partnership. Sprint 4G is delivered on nationwide WiMAX network being built by Clearwire. That network enables Sprint to offer 4G in addition to its existing 3G network.
Benefits and Rationale of the Sprint/Clearwire Partnership:
Clearwire's partners ownership interests:(Ownership interest based on percentage of shares outstanding at $17 collar price at close)
Clearwire has built in Silicon Valley a 4G innovation network using several cell sites. Their innovation partners include Sprint, Cisco, Comcast, Google, Intel, Bright House, Time Warner. Sprint is interested in engaging the application and the device development communities to help develop the kinds of application and services that simply cannot be developed at Sprint or at Clearwire or Intel or Google. The development community provides the innovation and drive to develop applications that can leverage the speed of Sprint 4G.
The map below illustrates how the 4G network will expand into its future service area.
4G WiMAX Innovation Network Coverage Today
4G WiMAX Innovation Network Future Coverage (pale green shows where the network initially had 4G coverage)
Sprint invites the development community to build on Sprint's 3G developer program and expand it into the 4G developer program. To encourage this growth, Sprint has opened up the APIs on several different applications and will provide a 4G developer sandbox.
Sprint is the leader in 4G WiMAX Developer Program: