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Clearwire to Launch WiMAX in 10 U.S. Cities in September

[qi:gigaom_icon_4G] Clearwire (s CLWR) 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 (s 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.

15 Responses to “Clearwire to Launch WiMAX in 10 U.S. Cities in September”

  1. Does anyone know when Houston will be launched for this service? This sounds like a really exciting service and should open up broadband to a segment of the market that is not receiving service now.

  2. 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.

    • Habib Ullah Khan

      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.

  3. 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.

    • 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.

  4. techboy2000

    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.

    • airlink

      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.

  5. don thorson

    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.