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Get Set: We're racing toward fast connectivity everywhere.

This story appears in the August 2008 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

And we're off to the races! Sprint Nextel and Clearwire are working on a $12 billion deal to merge WiMAX operations, signaling the start of fourth-generation WWAN rollouts--coming to some towns this year.

Dubbed Clearwire Corp., the new entity is the first big-money bet on Mobile WiMAX, the nominal successor to 3G voice/data networks derived from CDMA technology. And of course, it wouldn't be a horse race with only one horse. The competitor in this case is LTE, the 4G successor to GSM-based networks, already the principal alternative to CDMA. LTE is being embraced by AT&T and Verizon Wireless--the latter of which, oddly enough, is America's largest CDMA network operator.

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