Free Download: WiMAX Business Deployment Guide

August 24, 2009

Sorry for the press-release tenor of this post, but I wanted to make sure you early risers knew about our latest free download report, the Sidecut Reports WiMAX Business Deployment Guide! More on this tomorrow and later this week, but if you want to start reading now go ahead and download the report, it costs you nothing!

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The Sidecut Reports WiMAX Business Deployment Guide answers the questions businesses small and large may have about the newest wireless broadband technology to hit the U.S. market: What is WiMAX, how can we use it, and how might its features, prices and attributes save us money, enable new business opportunities, or bring more flexibility and connectivity options to our existing workforce?

Prepared in an easy-to-read style with deep background material for those who may not have understood WiMAX before, the report provides a thorough explanation of the technology, the newest devices that connect to it, and how both small businesses and branch or remote offices of larger enterprises might benefit from WiMAX’s ability to deliver “bandwidth on demand” without impacting existing network infrastructures.

In the new report you will learn:

– How WiMAX compares to existing business broadband Internet access options on a price/benefit comparison

– Why WiMAX’s portability, and not necessarily its cellular-like mobility, may be the key selling point for business customers

– Where WiMAX services will be launched in the U.S. this year and next

– What devices are available for businesses to connect to WiMAX now, and in the near-term future

– How flexible pricing and “try before you buy” options may make WiMAX a low-cost, low-risk option

The report also provides a brief historical background on the origins of WiMAX, as well as a cost-comparison matrix for WiMAX and competing broadband services in the Portland, Ore. market.

Clearwire ‘Business Pricing’ Emerges

December 28, 2008

It made sense to us that small-to-medium-size businesses might be some of the early adopters of mobile WiMax services in the U.S., especially companies with “local nomads,” workers who roam a lot but in a somewhat local region (which could be covered by a single metro-area WiMax service). Seems like the Clearwire folks are thinking the same way, as evidenced by this new page touting business-specific service plans for their Portland, Ore., network.

While the in-office broadband prices seem competitive — unlimited usage with 6 Mbps/1 Mbps download/upload speeds for $75 a month — the more-compelling offer may be the “mobile shared” services which, allow for both in-office and local-roaming use. The mobile plans (which are advertised under a “coming soon” banner) will let small offices support teams of users on the same billing plan, starting at $75 a month for a shared 15 Gbytes of mobile data. According to the plan page, each additional device is $25, which theoretically makes such a service much cheaper than cellular data plans, which average about $60 a month per user for much slower speed links.

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New Clearwire Targeting Enterprises with WiMax

May 9, 2008

With all the headline basics of the New Clearwire Deal fully digested, I took the time Thursday night to listen to the entire conference call from Wednesday morning, and came up with a bunch of interesting tidbits. A big one was CEO Ben Wolff’s declaration that the new Clearwire will not just go after consumers (which was both the Xohm and old Clearwire plan) but will also pursue SOHO, SMB and enterprise customers for its 4G wireless broadband service, using Sprint’s existing enterprise sales force to go after Fortune 1000 accounts.

This is either good or bad news for pure business-access WiMax player Towerstream, which now becomes a potential partner, competitor, or acquisition target. Since Towerstream CEO Jeff Thompson had hinted at the former during his interview for our recent WiMax report, that’s where I will guess first.

Other nuances buried in the call include:

– Most of the investors will actually contribute through some kind of LLC process whereby they can earn tax credits for the new Clearwire’s expected losses; only Google invested directly, which (and this is a guess) is what you can do when your stock is north of $500 per share. Guessing we will hear more about this when SEC document hounds get their teeth into the meat.

– Sprint will lease cell-tower space to the new Clearwire at a discounted rate “that is still above our cost,” according to Sprint CEO Dan Hesse. Since Sprint is a majority owner of the new Clearwire, isn’t that kind of like selling stuff to yourself? Talk about bottom-line gymnastics!

– Sprint’s Hesse said it that by the end of 2008, the company would have WiMax networks up that could reach 15 million potential customers; since the soft-launch markets of Chicago, Baltimore and Washington D.C. have a combined population of about 4 million, that means there’s work being done somewhere else (New York, Boston?) as well. Remember the old Clearwire had already planned 2008 launches in Portland, Ore., Las Vegas and Atlanta, so add those into the mix.

Clear(wire)ly, there’s a lot still to digest and we of course plan to incorporate all the details, as well as more analysis of winners, losers and opportunities in our ongoing coverage of the wireless broadband arena. If you are behind the knowledge-curve and want to get a jump-start on all things WiMax, just order our recent WiMax report, which covers everything leading up to Wednesday’s announcement, including a WiMax technology and history backgrounder, as well as deep-dive details on the economic advantages of WiMax and the potential new business opportunities. All past and new subscribers will of course receive any ongoing revised versions of the report, since a purchase at Sidecut isn’t just for one report but for a year of coverage.