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More 4G in More Places, Says Clearwire

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Clearwire (s clwr) ahead of the release of its first-quarter financial results this afternoon announced the addition of 15 cities to which it will roll out its WiMAX 4G network this summer. Clearwire had already indicated that it would roll out service in Kansas City, Kan.; St. Louis and Salt Lake City.

Today it added Nashville, Tenn.; Daytona, Orlando and Tampa, Fla.; Rochester and Syracuse, N.Y.; Merced, Modesto, Stockton and Visalia, Calif.; Wilmington, Del.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Eugene, Ore.; and Yakima and Tri-Cities, Wash. to the list as it races to provide service ahead of the competing 4G networks (which will use the Long Term Evolution standard instead of WiMAX) coming from Verizon (s VZ) and Metro PCS (s PCS) later this year. Clearwire has said it will cover 120 million people by the end of this year, and is spending more than $3 billion to roll out networks as fast as possible. With Sprint (s S) and its cable partners, the company is reaching millions of consumers and trying to sell them on the benefits of faster wireless broadband.

With the release of Clearwire’s latest financial results, we’ll get a sense of how well consumers are responding in markets like Austin, Philadelphia and Seattle, where Clearwire has already rolled out networks. It’s making a big bet, and within the next few quarters, we’re going to see if it has paid off.

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7 Responses to “More 4G in More Places, Says Clearwire”

  1. well as a clearwire customer for the last 3 yrs I have payed for premium service and had no problems, now there are upgrading to the new WiMax 4g.the only thing that gets me and im sure im not alone on this is that they failed to let the customers know of the effects of the upgrades to current users, such as intermitted bandwidth and Frequincy we all know that bandwidth is needed for the the data transfer.
    I am 1.5 miles from my nearest tower ans still cant get halfway decent service yet im still paying for premium . I have spoke to clearwire support only to have them walk you through step’s of basic trouble shooting,I know my home network like the back of my hand, the issues I am haveing has nothing to do with connections and I reply’d but more the shoty service due to the upgrading to Wimax,it took me to speak withn a Level 2 Technician to find out there is a problem due to the upgarding. So I asked how long will I be having this problem his answer was that he didnt know when the upgrades would be finished in my area. way to go clearwire. This has been going on for 2 months now,
    As an IT Technican I ask myself what exactly could take the longest I conclueded maybe a new tower, Software upgrades take the matter of hours to upgrade I think Clearwire should have let their customers know the effects of the upgradeing was going to cause before hand. Maybe tried everything out in a Virtual Lab first. pissed in California

  2. Their schedule is late. They were supposed to complete Washington D.C last year and its still few more months.The biggest of all the cities in US , New York is still waiting on 4G. They are one full year behind their own schedule. From what I gathered from Verizon, LTE will be ready in six months. In addition to this schedule issues, having Sprint as partner might be not wise. Sprint’s network still sucks. Their voice network is horrible. Too many dropped calls. They are yet to cover the subways system. Someone tell Dan Hesse to improve coverage first before jumping on the 4G wagon.
    From your Austin tests the speeds are not earth shattering, in summary Clear might break even, but not make huge money.

  3. if they stick to the current pricing plans and keep the service truly unlimited i believe they will have a massive customer base in no time.

    there is just a certain sense of freedom from wireless that gives it wide appeal over wired connections even if the performance is not equivalent.

    in the next couple years i see wireless option completely taking over the ‘basic subscribers’ to internet service. the remaining customers on cable and DSL will be the one subscribing to the higher speed and more expensive packages.

    what will be interesting to watch is whether or not wifi starts to fade away as more and more people are already connected everyplace via 3G/4G