Clearwire had been the last major WiMAX backer in the U.S. The once-promising technology now suffers from eroding support worldwide. While WiMAX will remain an integral part of Clearwire's network -- the company still plans to continue its WiMAX buildout through the end of the year -- Clearwire can't ignore LTE's momentum.
Pressure is most likely coming from Clearwire majority owner Sprint
With WiMAX losing its last major U.S. backer, the following three companies stand to gain or lose from WiMAX's continuing decline.
In the winners' circle ...
Even with LTE hegemony in the U.S., almost every major carrier here uses different "spectral bands" to transmit data. For investors, that means there's tremendous opportunity in finding wireless companies with expertise in creating communication semiconductors that can operate equally well with varying frequencies. That's the exact niche TriQuint
And the biggest losers ...
Fellow WiMAX specialist Ceragon Networks
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