The first day of the WCAI’s Summer Summit is coming to a close, and we couldn’t be more pleased with the attendance and the quality of panel discussions we had here today. Kicking off the afternoon part of the program was Gerry Salemme, Executive Vice President for Strategy, Policy and External Affairs at Clearwire.
“If there was one thing that surprised our business model was how voracious the appetite for data is when you have a device that delivers high speeds,” Salemme said during a fireside chat with WCAI President Fred Campbell. “Our average user uses 7GB per month... and we expect it to grow.” He stressed Clearwire’s commitment to keeping unlimited data plans. “We really think that it’s a differentiator in the market.”
Salemme said Clearwire is on track to launch 120 million POPs 4G coverage by the end of the year and expects to triple the number of subscribers it had at the end of 2009 before 2010 is over. He outlined Clearwire’s deployment plans, discussed how the company addresses financing issues, and spoke about the upcoming substantial service requirements and the FCC National Broadband Plan.
The Summit will continue tomorrow with special tours of Clearwire 4G lab and DigitalBridge Network Operations Center, followed by a member-only meeting of the WCAI’s Emerging Markets Committee. (Go here for details.)
See you tomorrow!