Clearwire Debuts Portland WiMax
It's the first WiMax rollout since Clearwire and Sprint Nextel combined operations debuts in Portland. The open all-IP network provides mobile and wireless customers with average download speeds initially of 2M to 4M bps and peak rates that are considerably faster. Clearwire plans to provide WiMax service in most of the top 100 markets by no later than 2010, although the current economic conditions could put a crimp in those plans.If not quite coast-to-coast, WiMax is now at least on each coast. Three months after Sprint Nextel carried out the nation's first WiMax rollout in Baltimore, Clearwire-the newly combined WiMax operations of Sprint and Clearwire-flipped the switch Jan. 6 on a WiMax deployment in Portland, Ore. WiMax's 4G technology allows for the delivery of last-mile wireless broadband access, promising faster download speeds than current cellular networks, and holds the potential to be a competitor to fixed-line broadband such as DSL. Verizon Wireless, AT&T and other mobile carriers have committed to a 3G technology known as LTE.
"Today is a historic day for the evolution of mobile computing and communications services in Portland and the U.S.," Clearwire CEO Benjamin G. Wolff said in a statement. "Clearwire is reinventing wireless by delivering an unmatched combination of Internet speed and mobility."