Today we are announcing a strategic relationship with Best Buy that will bring CLEAR 4G to Best Buy customers in our expanding coverage areas. Starting in 2011, Best Buy will begin offering 4G service through their Best Buy Connect brand which will run on our 4G network. According to Jed Stillman, VP of Best Buy Connect, “Our strategic wholesale agreement with Clearwire will enable Best Buy Connect to leverage the Clearwire 4G network’s speed and bandwidth to deliver compelling new mobile broadband experiences for our customers.”
The relationship fits Clearwire’s “network of networks” business model. Teresa Elder, president of strategic partnerships and wholesale at Clearwire says, “Not only is this one of the first major wholesale agreements beyond our group of strategic investors, but it also demonstrates the interest in our network from companies outside of traditional service providers. We look forward to supporting Best Buy in the months and years ahead.”
Right now our 4G network blankets 44 cities and 50 million people. Large market launches like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York that will happen by year’s end will push the total number of people covered past 120 million!