Clearwire picks Alvarion, ZTE for WiMax in Spain

GENEVA Tue Oct 6, 2009 6:57am EDT

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GENEVA Oct 6 (Reuters) - Wireless service provider Clearwire International CLWR.O has picked Alvarion ALVR.O and ZTE (0763.HK) as network infrastructure suppliers for Clearwire's planned launch of WiMax services in Spain in 2010.

WiMax has been competing for the status of next-generation mobile technology, but has largely lost the battle to Long Term Evolution (LTE), which has become mobile operators' favoured solution as it can exploit existing infrastructure.

Clearwire President Barry West, however, said that "WiMax is past the tipping point" and was here to stay.

Alvarion will supply network equipment in the city of Malaga and ZTE will provide its services in the city of Seville, West said at a telecoms industry event in Geneva on Tuesday.

Industry association WiMax Forum has said that WiMax service providers will offer networks covering 800 million people by the end of 2010. (Reporting by Nicola Leske; editing by Simon Jessop)

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