The Seattle Times reports that Sprint Nextel WiMAX honco Len Lauer, who left the company in August, is back.
Lauer had been one of Sprint’s leaders on the company’s plans regarding WiMax (see DailyWireless: Sprint: It’s WiMAX!).
After reporting this information on the blog, a reader wondered where Lauer might land: Would he be hired by Kirkland-based Clearwire, which is building a WiMax network competitive to Sprint’s?
Today, Qualcomm announced it has hired Lauer as a corporate executive vice president and as group president overseeing key divisions: Wireless Business Solutions, MEMS Technologies, government technologies and the mobile TV subsidiary, MediaFLO USA.
The placement is interesting because Qualcomm has been very critical of WiMax as a technology, and instead supports the use of Qualcomm’s Flarion technology, still under development.