FCC approves Clearwire WiMAX laptop card

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the first WiMAX laptop card that will connect to the Clearwire network. Now all we need is the Clearwire network in enough places to make it worthwhile to get this card.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved the first WiMAX laptop card that will connect to the Clearwire network. Clearwire was founded in 2003 and provides wireless high-speed Internet service. Clearwire offers service in 37 metro markets, covering approximately 8.9 million people in more than 350 municipalities throughout the U.S., Ireland, Belgium and Denmark.

The new WiMAX laptop card is part of Motorola’s wi4 Expedience solutions and will be available during the second half of 2007. Similar to other laptop cards, consumers will be able to insert the card into a standard Type II card slot and install a simple driver compatible with Microsoft Windows Vista and XP operating system. This card, as with others marketed for Sprint Nextel’s network, will allow consumers to interface a wide variety of mobile and portable devices to WiMAX networks.

Jim Geier provides independent consulting services to municipalities deploying wireless networks and is Principal Consultant of Civitium (www.civitium.com).

Comments

  1. wifiwaves says:

    I believe that they only do “ClearWire WiMax”…and are not fully 802.16e compliant in both PHY and MAC.

    In other words, the (former NextNet now Motorola’s proprietary Expedience) equipment that ClearWire uses can only be used on their system, and no other.