Clearwire Begins Global Roaming Collaboration with WiMAX Operators

Mon Sep 14, 2009 7:00am EDT

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Memorandum of Understanding Lays Foundation for Global Roaming Capabilities with
UQ Communications of Japan and Yota of Russia
KIRKLAND, Wash.--(Business Wire)--
Clearwire Communications, LLC, an operating subsidiary of Clearwire Corporation
(NASDAQ:CLWR), announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU)
with WiMAX operators UQ Communications of Japan (UQ) and Yota of Russia that
identifies the objectives and activities each operator will perform towards the
realization of establishing WiMAX roaming between the operators. 

Under the MOU, Clearwire, UQ, and Yota plan to collaborate on business and
technical aspects of their respective operations to define and institute the
process necessary to support international roaming and to ensure the operators`
systems and devices are able to support roaming. Additionally, the operators
will work with Clearwire`s Global Alliance Partner Program members and other
WiMAX operators to ensure that seamless roaming occurs in an increasing number
of countries. Furthermore, the collaboration will leverage WiMAX Forum roaming
guidelines, specifications and templates where necessary to help meet business
objectives. 

"Today`s announcement confirms mobile WiMAX technology`s maturity and robustness
and reaffirms that it is the only commercially available 4G standard worldwide
with an available ecosystem of infrastructure and devices," said Barry West,
president of Clearwire International. "With over 500 WiMAX deployments underway
in about 145 countries, the existence of a roaming framework - helping to
connect operators as well as WiMAX customers - is vital to advanced cross-market
cooperation." 

"The mobile WiMAX position in the telecom market is currently so strong, that
operators are taking action to organize a civilized roaming environment," says
Dennis Sverdlov, CEO of Yota. "The trilateral MOU, signed by the leading global
WiMAX operators, is evidence of that. We are committed to making telecom
services easy to use for our clients, and this MOU was signed with their
interests in mind." 

"WiMAX is a worldwide technology standard available in many countries, which is
already giving birth to a variety of new services and end user devices,"
remarked Takashi Tanaka, president of UQ Communications Inc. "As a global
standard, international roaming is a natural service evolution, and we, as WiMAX
operators, have to work closely together to make roaming services available as
quickly as possible." 

Clearwire, UQ, and Yota currently offer WiMAX services in their respective
domestic markets. Through mutual collaboration, the companies will provide their
customers the first international WiMAX roaming capability and help 4G services
to follow the same global pattern towards international accessibility as other
wireless technology. 

In addition to today`s announcement, Clearwire will continue to work closely
with its Global Alliance Partners YTL Communications of Malaysia, wi-tribe of
Pakistan, Vee Telecom of Taiwan, and Global Mobile of Taiwan to ensure
successful roaming once the partner networks are commercially deployed. 

About Clearwire

Clearwire Communications, LLC, an operating subsidiary of Clearwire Corporation
(NASDAQ:CLWR), offers a robust suite of advanced high-speed Internet services to
consumers and businesses. As part of a multi-year network build-out plan,
Clearwire`s 4G service, called CLEAR, will be available in major metropolitan
areas across the U.S., and bring together an unprecedented combination of speed
and mobility. Clearwire`s open all-IP network, combined with significant
spectrum holdings, provides unmatched network capacity to deliver
next-generation broadband access. Strategic investors include Intel, Comcast,
Sprint, Google, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House Networks. Clearwire
currently provides 4G service, utilizing WiMAX technology, in four markets and
provides pre-WiMAX communications services in 50 markets across the U.S. and
Europe. Headquartered in Kirkland, Wash., additional information about Clearwire
is available at www.clearwire.com. 

About UQ

UQ Communications Inc. is the only telecommunications company in Japan that
offers nationwide high-speed mobile Internet services based on cutting-edge
Mobile WiMAX technology. UQ started trial services February 26 2009, in central
Tokyo, and launched commercial services July 1, 2009, expanding its coverage
areas to Osaka and Nagoya, Japan`s second- and third-largest markets next to
Tokyo. Strategic investors include KDDI CORPORATION, Intel Capital Corporation,
East Japan Railway Company, KYOCERA Corporation, Daiwa Securities Group Inc. and
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. UQ currently provides both wholesale and
retail services, and several MVNOs have already started providing mobile
Internet services using UQ WiMAX infrastructure. Additional information about UQ
is available at www.uqwimax.jp/english/. 

About Yota

Yota is the first Russian Mobile WiMAX network (in IEEE 802.16-2005 standard)
providing high-speed Internet access and handover between base stations without
session breaking. Yota 4G Internet is wireless, high-speed, unlimited and
accessible everywhere within the coverage zone. A high-speed wireless network
has been already deployed in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Ufa. Various types of
devices provide easy connection to Yota. Among them are modems, notebooks,
routers and HTC MAX 4G, the world`s first GSM+Mobile WiMAX phone. 

Yota offers unique mobile services, using the possibilities of fast wireless
Internet access: mobile IPTV, video-on-demand, online music catalogue listing
hundreds of thousands of tracks by world-leading labels, photo-blogging portal
and lots of others. The Yota brand consolidates the companies responsible for
network deployment, software development and media content aggregation. 

For more information, please, visit Yota's official web-site at www.yota.ru/en/.


Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of
the securities laws. The statements in this release regarding plans for the
development and deployment of mobile WiMAX technology; the timing, availability,
capabilities and coverage of our network, including market launch plans;
products and services to be offered on our network; collaboration plans, planned
marketing and branding efforts and other statements that are not historical
facts are forward-looking statements. The words "will," "would," "may,"
"should," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "believe,"
"target," "designed," "plan" and similar expressions are intended to identify
forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are projections
reflecting management`s judgment and assumptions based on currently available
information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking
statements. 

Future performance cannot be assured. Actual results may differ materially from
those in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of factors, including,
but not limited to, the risks referenced in the section of Clearwire`s Quarterly
Report on Form 10-Q entitled "Risk Factors," filed August 13, 2009. Clearwire
believes the forward-looking statements in this release are reasonable; however,
you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are
based on current expectations and speak only as of the date of this release.
Clearwire is not obligated to publicly release any revisions to forward-looking
statements to reflect events after the date of this release. 





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