Clearwire Sets Silicon Valley WiMax Beta Network

By Roy Mark  |  Posted 2009-04-02 Print this article Print

As the race to 4G networks intensifies between WiMax backers and LTE proponents, Clearwire angles for a leg up by giving Silicon Valley developers free access to a beta WiMax network prior to Clearwire's 2010 debut in the Bay area.

Clearwire plans to launch a beta WiMax network in Silicon Valley this summer for 4G developers. The wireless 4G service will be provided free to a limited number of developers-including Clearwire investors Google and Intel-in the one-year runup to Clearwire's planned Bay area debut in 2010.

"The WiMAX Innovation Network will provide some of the world's most talented developers with a live test environment in which to build broadband services specifically designed for the 4G mobile Internet experience," Scott Richardson, Clearwire's chief strategy officer, said in a statement.  "Our goals have always been to change the way people access the Internet and provide new opportunities for mobile applications. Providing early access to an eager pool of developers while we continue to roll out 4G services nationally makes perfect sense."

Cisco Systems, another major supporter of WiMax, will provide core IP NGN (Next-Generation Network) infrastructure equipment for Clearwire's Silicon Valley developers network.

"An IP network is the platform to deliver on the promise of mobility and enable developers to create new services and applications," said Larry Lang, Cisco's vice president and general manager of services and mobility business unit. "With an advanced Cisco IP NGN, these services can be unlocked to create revenue-generating offerings for service providers and a better, more tailored experience for the end user."


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