Huawei is a finalist for a major WiMAX infrastructure contract with Clearwire, according to the Wall Street Journal. The report, citing an unnamed person familiar with the matter, said that Huawei is competing for the contract along with Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks and Samsung Electronics.
Clearwire is likely to choose more than one vendor for its network and it’s unknown how much the potential contract is worth. Motorola infrastructure gear, like the WAP 450 WiMAX Access Point was used in Portland, while Samsung infrastructure was used in Baltimore.
Huawei provides a carrier-level and end-to-end WiMAX solution including distributed Base Stations (BBU3703, RRU3701C), ASN-GW (WASN9770), Network Management System (AAA, M2000), and Customer Premises Equipment.
As of September 2008, Huawei’s total number of WiMAX 16e commercial contracts had reached 31, ranking Huawei in first place for global WiMAX 16e commercial network contracts.
Huawei’s WiMAX is serving many significant operators including Globe in Philippines, STC in Saudi Arabia, Vodacom in South Africa, Mobilink and Augere/FT in Pakistan, Méditel /Telefonica in Morocco, and Mobily/Etisalat in Saudi Arabia.Huawei has won smaller deals in the United States, such as regional, low-cost cell phone provider Leap Wireless, but for the most part, the company has struggled to get a toehold in the U.S. market