Clearwire may not be the strongest company financially, but it does have one thing going for it — spectrum. The wireless service provider has a lot of spectrum and it hopes to use this wireless asset to produce big, fat mobile pipes capable of download speeds as high as 168 Mbps.
Much of the spectrum Clearwire owns is in the 2.5 GHz range and its owns a wide band. Clearwire CTO John Saw talked during CTIA about using carrier aggregation to lump this spectrum together and offer 4G broadband speeds that’ll put its competition to shame. Clearwire’s 40MHz wide band could deliver theoretical download speeds as high as 168 Mbps and that’s just the beginning. The company could double down and offer a 60 Mhz or 80 Mhz block, if needed in the future.
Though Clearwire’s 2.5 GHz spectrum doesn’t propagate as far as Verizon’s and AT&Ts 700 MHz band, the promise of 100 Mbps speeds is enticing, even if the short range limits it to urban locations. You can read more about Clearwire’s plans and the technology behind it at GigaOm’s website.