Level 3 To Support the Clearwire WiMAX Rollout

Level 3 Communications Inc. has landed a contract to provide the metro-area transport for Clearwire Corp.’s WiMAX network as it expands.

Level 3 already provides the underlying IP terrestrial transport and backhaul for a portion of the Clearwire WiMAX footprint, and as of this week is contracted to provide metro connectivity in Clearwire’s major U.S. cities, including Chicago, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, D.C., Houston and the Bay Area.

“With a nationwide network footprint, Level 3 offers the network reach and scale to meet our business needs as we rollout next generation broadband services,” said John Saw, chief technology officer for Clearwire. “As demand for the mobile Internet increases, we believe Level 3 offers the right combination of network infrastructure and service quality.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Level 3 will deliver high-speed connectivity via 10 Gigabit Ethernet connections, which will carry both data and Internet traffic.

“Level 3 delivers nationwide network connectivity to support Clearwire in delivering advanced network technology for mobile broadband,” said Andrew Crouch, president of wholesale markets for Level 3. “As greater wireless market penetration and usage places more mobile voice, data, video and Internet traffic on networks, Level 3 is well positioned to meet the capacity demands of our wireless customers and support their ongoing business growth.”

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