Clearwire (NSDQ: CLWR) and its partners have announced commercial roll-out plans in three of the country’s largest cities — New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The race is on to beat Verizon Wireless, which has non-specific plans to launch in those cities and 35 others by the end of the year.
In advance of the official launch, Clearwire is offering 4G modems that fall back to 3G in New York City and Los Angeles, so in some ways it already is live. However, it’s not committed to the network size, coverage maps (will it include the suburbs?) or service options will they officially launch over the next couple of months.
San Francisco: Clearwire, along with its partners Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) and Sprint (NYSE: S), will all launch 4G under their own brand in late December. Release.
New York City: Clearwire, Sprint and its partner Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) will launch 4G in New York City on Nov. 1. Release.
Los Angeles: Clearwire and Sprint will launch in LA on Dec. 1 under their own brands. Release.
Today, the Clearwire 4G network is commercially available in 56 markets and covers 66 million people — not including these three markets. By the end of 2010, it expects to be available in other major metropolitan areas such as Denver, Miami, Cincinnati and Cleveland.
The pressure from investors was already intense, but now it has Verizon Wireless on its heals, which confirmed two weeks ago that it was ready to launch a competing 4G technology in 38 markets by the end of the year. Its list includes major markets, like LA, NY, San Francisco, San Jose, Los Vegas, Boston, Washington, D.C. and more.