CLEARWIRE AND SPRINT EXPAND GRAND RAPIDS 4G MOBILE BROADBAND NETWORK
April 26, 2011
Grand Rapids City and Suburbs Now Benefit from Blazing Fast Wireless Speeds Connecting Laptops, Netbooks, PDAs, Smartphones and Tablets
Regional Grand Rapids 4G Network Now Covers 306,220 people
KIRKLAND, Wash. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – April 26, 2011 – Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced a significant expansion of the Clearwire 4G network footprint and key capacity upgrades for mobile broadband customers in the greater Grand Rapids metro area. The regional CLEAR® and Sprint 4G service area has added coverage for an additional 24,707 people. Now, more than 306,220 people in the Grand Rapids area have access to Clearwire’s 4G mobile broadband network. This expansion represents new coverage since Clearwire’s initial launch on August 3, 2010.
Enhanced capacity and expanded coverage can be experienced in the following communities:
- Grandville, MI
- Kentwood, MI
- Grand Rapids, MI
- Jenison, MI
- East Grand Rapids, MI
“The City of Grand Rapids has been an excellent partner since our launch last summer,” said Jeannie Weaver, director-sales, Clearwire. “The expansion of Clearwire 4G service provides more coverage and capacity to better meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband connectivity across the region. Consumers, businesses and City of Grand Rapids Departments including Police and Fire have all recognized the important advantages of unlimited mobile broadband in carrying out their daily responsibilities.”
“It is my goal to make Grand Rapids a leading tech city in America. CLEAR is helping us to do that. I have been using CLEAR service since September and I love it!” said City of Grand Rapids Mayor George K. Heartwell.
“This is great news for Sprint 4G customers in the Grand Rapids area. Customers are hungry for our cutting-edge 4G devices and we are delivering – in fact, Sprint offers 14 devices that are available to customers today,” said Kevin Gleason, vice president-Retail, Sprint, Michigan. “We expect these service enhancements will ensure an even better experience for Sprint 4G customers in the Grand Rapids area.” Additionally, Sprint continues to invest in its 3G service in the Grand Rapids area – customers should begin to see improved connectivity and data speeds within the next three months.
4G customers in the Grand Rapids metro area can increase their mobility and productivity in many ways: from instantly downloading large files to get work done on the run, browsing the Web just like at home from across the city, or watching online videos and movies while travelling in the family car around town. A variety of 4G devices are available from both service providers.
A detailed coverage map of CLEAR 4G service is available at www.clear.com/coverage.
Additional information about Sprint 4G is available at www.sprint.com.
About Sprint Nextel
Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 49.9 million customers at the end of 2010 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 6 in its 2010 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation’s greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Clearwire Corporation (NASDAQ: CLWR), through its operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of wireless broadband services. Clearwire’s 4G network is currently available in areas of the U.S. where 120 million people live. Clearwire’s open all-IP network, combined with significant spectrum holdings, provides an unprecedented combination of speed and mobility to deliver next generation broadband access. The company markets its 4G service through its own brand called CLEAR® as well as through its wholesale relationships with companies such as Sprint, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Best Buy. Strategic investors include Intel Capital, Comcast, Sprint, Google, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Clearwire is headquartered in Kirkland, Wash. Additional information is available at www.clearwire.com.
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