So There Will Be No Covad Wireless

There was a time when fixed wireless was going to be the savior of new Covad, the post-bankruptcy version of once high-flying DSL company. The company was so excited that it conducted a few trials of its pre-WiMAX network and eventually launched the service in the San Francisco Bay Area. I got so excited I wrote about that service again and again. And today comes the news that there won’t be any Covad Wireless. TelePacific, a Los Angeles-based business CLEC is buying Covad Wireless, from its owner, NextWeb, which in turn is owned by MegaPath. Covad had acquired NextWeb in 2005 for about $28 million.

TelePacific gets 3,500 profitable fixed wireless broadband business customers in California, Nevada and in suburban Chicago through the all-cash transaction. Megapath recently merged with Covad and Speakeasy and is trying to become a national, independent broadband services provider. It’s sale of Covad Wireless is part of a move to shed non-strategic assets like the fixed wireless business.

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