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WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) is a telecommunications protocol that provides fixed and fully mobile Internet access. The current WiMAX revision provides up to 40 Mbit/s with the IEEE 802.16m update expected to offer up to 1 Gbit/s fixed speeds. The name “WiMAX” was created by the WiMAX Forum, which was formed in June 2001 to promote conformity and interoperability of the standard. The forum describes WiMAX as “a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL”. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiMAX
Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) said it expects to raise over $1.1 billion through new debt offerings, a move that offsets its urgent need for new funding as it continues to build its mobile WiMAX network.
Clearwire said the new debt will come in three separate offerings: one offer of $175 million in first-priority senior secured notes due in 2015, $500 million of second-priority secured notes due in 2017, and $500 million of exchangeable notes due in 2040. Analysts have said that the company likely will need billions more to continue building its network over the next few years.
“This solution appears to be the least attractive of the many that we have considered,” wrote TownHall Investment Research in a note explaining its decision to lower its rating on Clearwire from Buy to Avoid. “With a maximum of less than $2 billion anticipated in this raise, the company remains well short of its longer term funding needs and will likely have to further curtail some of its 2011 build-out plans. Additionally, we believe this approach represents a funding of last resort after the company has been unable to piece together a non-public financing that might have included T-Mobile as a new partner and distributor. With this funding, the company may have done little about investor long-term funding concerns, other than to kick the can down the road.”
The company announced a series of measures last month to conserve cash as it searched for new funding options. Clearwire CEO Bill Morrow said at the time that the company was considering a range of funding options, including new equity funding from existing shareholders as well as non-strategic investors; debt-based financing; or selling spectrum that the company does not need.
Sprint Nextel (NYSE:S), which holds a 54 percent stake in Clearwire, has said it is in negotiations with Clearwire over funding, but has given no indication that more equity financing will be forthcoming. Sprint CEO Dan Hesse stopped short in November of promising more funding, though he did say that Sprint has “historically injected more cash into the company.”
In other Clearwire news, the company said Sprint nominated William Blessing, Mufit Cinali and Hossein Eslambolchi for the three open seats on Clearwire’s board. Blessing is a consultant to Burns & McDonnell where he advises clients on smart grid and telecommunications strategy; Cinali is a managing director with Springwell Capital Partners; and Eslambolchi is a technical advisor to Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and the University of California School of Engineering.
In late September, Hesse, Steve Elfman, Sprint’s president of network operations and wholesale, and Keith Cowan, Sprints president of strategy and corporate initiatives, resigned from the board. Clearwire said the changes were made out of an “abundance of caution to address questions raised by Clearwire regarding new developments in antitrust law.”
Clearwire also launched a new modem, the “Clear Modem with WiFi,” that supports both WiFi and the company’s WiMAX service. The modem will retail for $120.
Cisco also in the news with their new Modems and At&t See an article here: http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/37788
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The fastest growing demographic for Mobile Text Messaging or simply (people who use text messaging to communicate) is 45-64. More evidence that baby boomers are rapidly adopting new technologies. Backed up by a recent article in the New York Times, on the front page, briefly explained how baby boomers are taking time for them selves and spending money, even buying 2nd and 3rd homes and vacationing on a regular basis. Google Search New York Times and Baby Boomers for more information.
“Text messaging is no longer just a young person’s activity. The average age of a texter is 38 years old – up from 19 years old in 2003. The fastest growing demo is 45-64,” says Jeff Hasen, CMO at HipCricket. “ Part of the reason is that kids and grandkids don’t often use phones for talking – if you want to communicate with little Billy or Janie, you need to let your fingers do the talking (texting). In 2008, for the first time, the number of text SMS/MMS messages sent in the U.S. exceeded the number of calls.”
Short Message Service (SMS) is the text communication service component of phone, web or mobile communication systems, using standardizedcommunications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices.
Multimedia Messaging Service, or MMS, is a standard way to send messages that include multimedia content to and from mobile phones. It extends the core SMS (Short Message Service) capability that allowed exchange of text messages only up to 160 characters in length.
The most popular use is to send photographs from camera-equipped handsets, although it is also popular as a method of delivering news and entertainment content including videos, pictures, text pages and ringtones.
Women are active text users. Here are the stats for women 45-54 (comScore, 12/08)
- 51% sent a text in last month
- 23% sent a text almost daily
- 39% took a photo
- 5.7% accessed weather info
- 4.7% accessed news
- 11.8% received info on their phone about a product, service or brand
Hope this information is helpful, Now when your respected elder tells you, i feel out of touch with new technology, you can reassure them that they may be in the prime demographic… So embrace change and pick up a new Smartphone today.
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