Clearwire Corporation and Ericsson have created a seven-year, managed services partnership that will transfer the day-to-day management of Clearwire’s 4G network to Ericsson.
Key aspects of the partnership include:
- ?Clearwire retains ownership of all network assets and full responsibility for future technology and strategy decisions.
- ?Ericsson will be responsible for network engineering, operations and maintenance, including field services, 24X7 network monitoring, end-to-end engineering, provisioning and routine maintenance.
- Clearwire will remain the primary point of contact for all interactions with customers, wholesale partners and equipment vendors.
- Approximately 700 Clearwire employees are expected to begin performing their network functions as Ericsson employees in locations around the United States before mid-year 2011.
"The responsibility for network engineering, operations and maintenance of one of the leading mobile broadband networks in North America is one that Ericsson takes very seriously," said Angel Ruiz, head of Ericsson’s North American operations. "We look forward to welcoming the Clearwire employees to Ericsson and appreciate the unique skills and expertise they bring to our company."
In 2009, Ericsson entered into a similar network management partnership with Sprint, Clearwire’s largest shareholder and wholesale partner.