It has been announced that Ericsson has won a seven-year contract to manage Clearwire's WiMAX network in the USA. As part of the deal, approximately 700 Clearwire employees will transfer to Ericsson within the next couple of months.
Ericsson already has a Managed Services contract in the Usa with Sprint Nextel - who happen to be the majority shareholder in Clearwire. Ericsson's mobile phone subsidiary, Sony Ericsson has also just dropped a trademark lawsuit against the Clearwire over their respective logos.
Under the terms of the contract, 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 is retaining ownership of all network assets and full responsibility for future technology and strategy decisions.
"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."
Financial terms were not disclosed.