By End of 2010, San Francisco Will Have SuperFast Wireless


For the longest time, San Francisco has been a bit of a laggard when it comes to wireless broadband. All that is going to change as the city by the Bay is on its way to gain access to not one, but two, LTE networks, a superfast HSPA+ network and a new blazingly fast WiMAX-based network.

  • MetroPCS (s PCS) will launch its LTE network in San Francisco by Christmas, COO Tom Keys told Stacey at our Mobilize 2010 conference, a fact he reconfirmed in an offline conversation.
  • The Clearwire/Sprint (s clwr) (s s)4G network (based on WiMAX) is currently operational in San Francisco, as Ryan Kim noted last month. I’ve been using the brand new Samsung Galaxy for Sprint (s S) and I can tell you, the network is blazingly fast.
  • It seems Verizon (s VZ) is going to make some sort of announcement about LTE availability at CTIA this week. The New York-based company says its network will cover about 100 million markets and 30 major metro markets. We’re hearing the Bay Area might be one of the first to get LTE in the country. I wouldn’t be surprised, considering Verizon’s closest partner, Google (s GOOG) is based in Mountain View.
  • T-Mobile USA recently launched HSPA+ (popularly known as 3.5G wireless technology) in San Francisco, and today they released phones that can actually use that network.

The availability of these higher speed networks can help developers and the software community to think and build mobile apps that are optimized for superphones connected to higher speed networks. For rest of us, downloading email, checking sports scores and surfing the web will become a more enjoyable experience.

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True 4G does NOT EXUST ANYWHERE IN THE USA. Wimax, let, etc fails to meet the ITC specs for true 4G. So any carrier claiming 4g are false claims

Peter Smith

seriously tho, tell me when SF has wifi. any wifi.

ditto with the myriad other cities around the country that ‘have wifi’. these are press releases, nothing more.

take san jose – my current residence. they have wifi. it says so right there in your wifi-finder — on your laptop, on your iphone — if you stand on two particular corners of downtown streets — good luck finding them. does it work? nope. never has, never will.


We’re so excited to be expanding 4G in California! It will be more built-out in San Francisco by the end of the year. I just wanted to suggest the Rover 4G for when the launch is official – it’s pay-as-you-go, so you can set it up for a day/week/month/ whatever. It broadcasts a Wi-Fi signal so up to 8 laptops, smartphones, iPads etc can connect to it. It’s worth checking out – the design is pretty sleek!

Jamala at

Om Malik

AT&T has said that their LTE will roll out in 2011. We shall see. I don’t believe that company’s timeline for they keep shifting things around.

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