The mainstream media is abuzz this past week with rumors and "sources" stating that an arrangement between Sprint Nextel and Clearwire is "close" to fruition.
I've been saying that there will be such an arrangement - that it is inevitable, for months now.
To me, the "if" isn't in question. The only questions are the details about branding, customer ownership, ownership of spectrum and network, and when the arrangement will be consummated.
So, let's try to parse out some of those details from the mainstream media.
MSM datapoint: The "arrangment" will be embodied into a new company that will take control of both Sprint Nextel's and Clearwire's 2.5 GHz spectrum. (Source - Sprint, Clearwire Near WiMAX Deal)
SKS analysis: This is another opening feint. 2.5 GHz / Mobile WiMAX is a distraction for Sprint from what its managment, majority of personnel, and its investors view as its core business - wireless telephony and Broadband Internet Access over Wireless Telephony. Clearwire will come to dominate the new company. Also, neither company is actually going to "give up title" to itss respective spectrum - it's just too scary to contemplate "letting go" of spectrum assets.