Clearwire Details 4G Expansion, New Devices, Upgrades
By Joseph Palenchar On Apr 5 2010 - 3:01am
LAS VEGAS— Mobile WiMAX operator
Clearwire and majority owner
Sprint Nextel revealed the names of the
next cities that will get commercial 4G
service this year on the way to expanding
the their 4G footprint beyond the current
27 markets to a population of 120
million people by year’s end.
Here at CTIA Wireless 2010, Clearwire
also unveiled new 4G devices and
announced plans to further accelerate
data speeds on its network.
Clearwire markets 4G service under
the Clear brand, and Sprint resells the
service under its own brand. Earlier this
year, the two companies announced plans
to roll out service in 2010 to Boston, Denver,
Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis,
New York, San Francisco and Washington.
Now the two have added the following
markets to the 2010 list: Cincinnati,
Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami,
Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis.
On other topics, Clearwire said it would
accelerate data speeds by 20 percent to 30
percent, unveiled its latest Clear-serviceembedded
subsidized netbook (the $249
Dell Inspiron Mini), and announced plans
for its next-generation battery-powered
mobile 4G hot spot, which will incorporate
embedded mobile WiMAX technology.
The current $139 Clear Spot requires
the addition of a 4G data modem.
In upgrading its WiMAX network,
Clearwire is using antenna signal-processing
technology to double the number
of transmitters and receivers per cell site,
boosting potential end-user throughputs
by about 20 percent to 30 percent, the company
said. The Clearwire network currently
delivers average mobile download speeds
of 3Mbps to 6Mbps with bursts of more
than 10Mbps, the company said.
The company is making the upgrades
on a rolling basis and has already completed
the installs in some existing markets,
including Seattle, Honolulu and Maui.
In new products, Clearwire on April
1 will launch the Dell Inspiron Mini 10
netbook with embedded 4G technology
through select Clear-owned outlets,
telesales and www.clear.com
Clearwire offers 30 different 4G-embedded
netbooks and notebooks from such
companies as Dell, Lenovo, Fujitsu, Samsung
and Toshiba. The Mini 10 will be
available for $249 after instant rebate.
The next-generation Clear Spot mobile
Wi-Fi hot spot will be available
sometime later this year, the company
said without disclosing details.