Clearwire WiMax gets September start date in U.S.

Well, we said it was Game On, WiMax, and now we know the when: According to Sprint/Clearwire WiMax guru Barry West, the “new” Clearwire network will officially launch this September in Baltimore, followed by Chicago and Washington D.C. in the fourth quarter.

As I told a reporter here at the NXTcomm show, nothing beats proof of concept and the sooner the better for the New Clearwire as its battle against the still-under-development technology LTE gets underway. More thoughts on WiMax when we get back from Viva Las Vegas and the resurgent NXTcomm show, which by all show-floor accounts was much more vibrant than last year’s event in Chicago.

Paul Kapustka is the editor of Sidecut Reports, which has recently published an updated report on the state of WiMax deployments in the U.S., focusing on the new Clearwire deal.

About Paul Kapustka

Paul Kapustka is a longtime journalist who has spent more than two decades covering the information technology business, Paul most recently has been focusing on mobility and how it has changed the computing and collaborative landscape. His newest project outside Mobile Enterprise 360 is a research and analysis operation called WiFi Journal. He is also editor in chief of Mobile Sports Report, which covers the intersection of mobile technology and sports business. Paul is also the founder of Sidecut Reports, a research firm that covered the emergence of 4G technology in the cellular marketplace.


  1. Esme Vos says


    Do you know what the download and upload speeds will be for Clearwire’s service? Worldmax in Amsterdam is offering 1 Mbps down, 128 Kbps up. Disappointing, considering for years, WiMAX proponents have been calling it “Wi-Fi on steroids”.

  2. They (Sprint) have said several numbers, ranging from low of 1 Mbps to high of 6 Mbps for the download (not sure on upload, probably close to 1 Mbps). What they guarantee and at what price will be the key.