Clearwire continues build-out, unleashes WiMAX in 8 new Texas cities

Clearwire continues build-out, unleashes WiMAX in 8 new Texas cities

Summary: On Tuesday, Clearwire announced that it has launched WiMAX in 10 new markets, mostly in West Texas. See where WiMAX is now and where else Clearwire is planning WiMAX rollouts for the rest of 2009.

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Clearwire took another step forward in its U.S. WiMAX build-out on Tuesday by officially turning on the lights for WiMAX in 10 new markets. Eight of the new WiMAX markets are in West Texas:

  • Abilene
  • Amarillo
  • Corpus Christi
  • Killeen/Temple
  • Lubbock
  • Midland/Odessa
  • Waco
  • Wichita Falls

The other two markets are Bellingham, Washington and Boise, Idaho. That brings the total number of U.S. markets with Clear WiMAX service to 14. Clearwire already has WiMAX deployed in Baltimore, Maryland, Portland, Oregon, Atlanta, Georgia, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Clearwire's WiMAX service gives customers the ability to combine broadband Internet in their homes with mobile broadband throughout their metro area. Without WiMAX, customers would normally have to pay for both fixed cable/DSL service plus $60/month for 3G broadband from one of the cellular providers. WiMAX offers speeds of about 3-5 Mbps, so it's slower than cable but a little faster than DSL and much faster than 3G service.

Clearwire's Chief Commercial Officer Mike Sievert said, "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."

When Clearwire reported its 2Q earnings to Wall Street on August 11, it also reported that it is on track to launch WiMAX in at least 10 more markets by the end of 2009:

  1. Chicago
  2. Philadelphia
  3. Charlotte, NC
  4. Raleigh, NC
  5. Greensboro, NC
  6. Honolulu, HI
  7. Maui, HI
  8. Seattle
  9. Dallas/Ft. Worth
  10. San Antonio

In 2010, Clearwire plans to launch WiMAX in New York, San Francisco, Boston, Washington, D.C. and Houston.

Clearwire is in a race against the clock. It's needs to get markets established and start generating revenue in order to fund the rest of its build-out. It also needs to get its new broadband technology and business model established before Verizon starts its LTE deployments in earnest in 2010. Clearwire is building a nice lead in mobile broadband at the moment but if it stumbles at all, it risks getting run over by Verizon.

One factor that could assist Clearwire is its partnerships with cable providers Comcast and Time-Warner, which are expected to offer their customers cable/WiMAX bundles once the stars align in overlapping markets.

Topics: Broadband, Mobility, Networking, Wi-Fi

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  • West Texas

    You seem to have a very distorted view of Texas.

    One could certainly argue that Abilene, Miland/Odessa, and Wichita Falls are in west Texas, but:

    Amarillo and Lubbock are in the panhandle
    Corpus Christi is on the coast
    Killeen/Temple and Waco are in central Texas

    Waco is actually near West, Texas (the city) which is not to be confused with west Texas.

    BubbaJ
  • It has been available in Vegas for a while but...

    I've yet to meet a single person actually USING it. Any guinea pigs out there who can report if it actually works?
    BillDem
  • RE: Clearwire continues build-out, unleases WiMAX in 8 new Texas cities

    Did the unlease it or unleash it? Unlease is what you do when you tenant doesn't take care of the rental property. Unleash is what you do when you want to let your dog run free. So which is it this case?
    Harry Palmer
    • It's unleash, of course

      ;-)
      jasonhiner
    • So, was it good for you?

      Is that like the highlight of your day?
      mgp3