In Sprint and Clearwire’s bid to turn their 4G WiMAX network into the mobile broadband network of choice in the US, Clearwire has expanded their WiMAX network to an additional ten markets in the US. As expected, Texas is the biggest winner with eight of the 10 new markets carved within the state’s borders, adding to the recently launched Las Vegas market. As of today Boise, Idaho; Bellingham, Wash; Abilene, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Corpus Christi, Texas; Killeen/Temple, Texas; Lubbock, Texas; Midland/Odessa, Texas; Waco Texas; and Wichita Falls, Texas.
Clearwire apparently realized that Texas does everything “big,” WiMAX networks included. The addition of these new 4G markets expands Clearwire’s WiMAX coverage to a total of 14 markets in the US. Hardly anything that could be called a “nationwide 4G WiMAX network.”
“CLEAR combines two of the most exciting technological advances of our generation – mobile communications and the Internet – in order to free our customers to take their rich home or office broadband experience with them anywhere around town or on the go,” said Mike Sievert, Chief Commercial Officer for Clearwire. “Our 4G WiMAX network provides a valuable new category of Internet service designed to make people’s lives more enjoyable and more productive by giving them access to the connections, information and resources that matter most, wherever they happen to be.”
Clearwire users can expect to see 3-6Mbps wireless data speeds, with burst speeds up to 10Mbps, on the WiMAX network. Home service starts at $25 per month, and mobile service starts at $35 a month.
Unfortunately, Sprint and Clearwire may have waited a bit too long to launch WiMAX. Verizon Wireless is expected to have a fairly extensive 4G LTE network launched by mid-2010, boasting initial data speeds approximately twice as fast as Clearwire’s 4G WiMAX network.
Clearwire’s WiMAX service might have to resort to fighting LTE on the pricing battlefield.