Brief: Intel Places $600 Million WiMax Bet With Clearwire Stake
Intel has emerged as WiMax's most-important backer. Motorola also joined the investment.
Intel put down another big bet on WiMax wireless broadband technology. With WiMax chip plans already in the works, Intel's venture capital arm invested $600 million in Clearwire, a wireless broadband company. While still a money-losing startup, Clearwire owns a good chunk of the U.S. wireless spectrum on which WiMax runs. This is Intel's second investment in the company. Motorola also invested an undisclosed amount and bought Clearwire's WiMax equipment-making subsidiary, NextNet Wireless. The $900 million total investment let Clearwire cancel a planned $400 million IPO.
Intel has emerged as WiMax's most important--and free-spending--supporter, as our cover story last week explored. The chipmaker plans to deliver by year's end a chipset called Rosedale 2 to ease access to WiMax from mobile computers, and it hopes to have chips that access WiMax and Wi-Fi networks ready by 2008. Such chips, plus WiMax equipment from the likes of Motorola, will be critical to the acceptance of the standard. Good friends for a fledgling wireless standard to have.
The Business of Going DigitalDigital business isn't about changing code; it's about changing what legacy sales, distribution, customer service, and product groups do in the new digital age. It's about bringing big data analytics, mobile, social, marketing automation, cloud computing, and the app economy together to launch new products and services. We're seeing new titles in this digital revolution, new responsibilities, new business models, and major shifts in technology spending.
What The Business Really Thinks Of IT: 3 Hard TruthsThey say perception is reality. If so, many in-house IT departments have reason to worry. InformationWeek's IT Perception Survey seeks to quantify how IT thinks it's doing versus how the business views IT's performance in delivering services - and, more important, powering innovation. The news isn't great.