EarthLink (Nasdaq: ELNK) is partnering with Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR) for wireless Internet.
The Atlanta-based Internet Services Provider, which has an operation in Raleigh, plans to launch high-speed wireless services targeting consumers for use at home in 2013.
Clearwire is in the process of upgrading its national wireless network to 4G LTE (long term evolution) technology, which is utilized by the major carriers.
Financial details of the EarthLink-Clearwire deal were not disclosed.
EarthLink also plans to offer services for small businesses and also for mobile devices.
“Customers are increasingly equating broadband services with wireless services and our wholesale agreement with Clearwire will allow EarthLink to offer the wireless products and services necessary to remain a leader in communications services,” said Michael Toplisek, executive vice president of products and marketing for EarthLink. “The 4G broadband speeds and urban and suburban network focus aligns well with our long-term strategy for growing our customer base. We are excited to leverage Clearwire’s leadership in 4G for both WiMAX and LTE in the future.”
Clearwire’s coverage area includes much of North Carolina.