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[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Clearwire said today that it will roll out WiMAX to 10 markets on Sept. 1. The markets include Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and eight cities in Texas — which closely matches Sprint’s WiMAX rollout plans that were leaked over the weekend. Including Clearwire’s launch of […]

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Clearwire said today that it will roll out WiMAX to 10 markets on Sept. 1. The markets include Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and eight cities in Texas — which closely matches Sprint’s WiMAX rollout plans that were leaked over the weekend. Including Clearwire’s launch of its WiMAX service in Las Vegas last month, the company’s 4G network is now available in four cities.

By Jennifer Martinez

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  1. Do I remember correctly that Google is a major Clearwire investor? The number 1 billion dollars is floating up – I’m not sure it’s true.

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  2. @Don Google put 500 million into the Clearwire merger last year. Comcast and Intel had about a billion each.

    And @Jennifer, to clarify Clearwire services are actually available *now* in those new 10 cities — the company is in the habit of making services available before the “official” launch date, for some unexplained marketing reason. Bottom line, folks in Lubbock can sign up for the new 4G services today.

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  3. Jennifer Martinez Monday, August 3, 2009

    Thanks for the heads up, Paul!

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  4. Interesting choice of markets – very small markets but probably ones with poor coverage otherwise (3G or broadband)?

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  5. It will be interesting to see how the LTE vs WiMAX thing ends up. Either way, the consumer will win. I just wish the SF Bay Area was used more for first rollouts.

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  6. The list of cities is not impressive:

    Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash.; and Eight Texas Markets, Including Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Waco and Wichita Falls.

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    1. The markets listed are present-day Clearwire markets, utilizing the before-the-wimax-standard NextNet technology. They obviously have enough spectrum in those markets to deploy both, migrating customers from old technology to new.

      I’m guessing those markets must’ve had low barriers to entry, with either sucky incumbent telcos, or low cable penetration, no fios, etc. Or the spectrum was cheap. Whatever…now those residents have a viable mobile broadband solution.

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  7. I live just south of Amarillo and received my *new* wimax receiver today. Hmmmm….I just barely got 1.5mb (and was grateful, given I live in a hole) before with the old receiver, and now I’m getting 450k with the new one.

    I hope it gets better Sept 1, because if it’s already rolled out now…it sucks.

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    1. Me again…OK, one evening wimax gave me 2.5mb and the old receiver was giving me 1.5mb. “Wow, that’s awesome” I thought. Then last night it’s really slow, so I do a speed test: I’m getting 48k (that’s dial-up, right??)

      I test a few more times and then plug in the old receiver. Suddenly I’m back up to the old reliable 1.5mb.

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  8. Does anybody think wimax has any future? It seems the carriers don’t want to support it, even-though it gives them longer reach!

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    1. Habib Ullah Khan Wednesday, August 5, 2009

      It is absolutely rocking in emerging markets because of the easy go to market. the consumer experience is mixed as beamforming Wimax is not widely rolled out. I see Wimax definetely having its niche in the emerging world as well as a viable back haul solution for an SP of any size geography and sophistication.

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  9. [...] and Clearwire plan to deploy WiMAX service in another 10 cities sometime in September 2009. This top-down rollout is a strategy to bring WiMAX to the top one-third [...]

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  10. WiMAX is what my husband (a worker for the Navy) has in the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. He purchased a monthly subscription of WiMAX and has his flat’s wired-in satellite service as a fall-back. The system works as-advertised most of the month until he runs out of his purchased bandwidth for the month (every place I have heard about in the Middle East sells by the megabyte – not month) After that it drops down to about 56k and stays there until his next renewal. For all this he pays the US equivalent of $45 per month. The service in his flat is free, but suffers more down time and slowdowns than the WiMAX, and the upload/download speeds do not compare to the other (except after he uses up the bandwidth)

    Be thankful that the monthly fees here in the US means you have that bandwidth FOR THE ENTIRE MONTH.

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