Clearwire Portland photo album

If you’re ready to WiMax out a bit, please join us on a photo tour from our geek tour of some of Clearwire’s Portland, Ore., tower sites — some visual info that may help you understand why WiMax has a cost-of-deployment advantage over other wireless technologies.

Or, you may just like looking at towers, boxes and fiber. Either way, on to the tour:

Here’s a shot of an entire Clearwire tower equipment box — small enough to mount on a telephone pole.

Here’s the top of the same pole, with the microwave backhaul antennas (round ones) and some WiMax antennas (rectangular, below the microwave).

A big antenna tower, with both WiMax and cellular antennas.

The Clearwire equipment cabinet for the pictured tower, all in the small metal box that is dwarfed by the huge building that houses all the equipment for the cellular operator.

Cracking open the box — Motorola antenna gear here.

A Ciena switch. That’s all for now!

(all photos by Paul Kapustka, (c) Sidecut Reports 2009)

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. What is the density of WiMax base stations for the Portland footprint?

  2. Ken, not sure Clearwire ever said what the number/density was, but they have shown some coverage maps… Sam Churchill has a photo of one if you scroll down in this post:

  3. I’ve seen the coverage maps and the early (optimistic) projections of 5 base stations per square mile for Chicago. And I wonder if the 5/square mile for WiMax is rather like the 20/square mile for WiFi. We now know that about 50 is the right number for unlicensed WiFi … and that then drives the cost of deployment.

  4. I work for a company using the previous generation equipment to the wimax standard. We use the same cabinets for our sites. I cant believe they have it mounted to a telephone poll, they are pretty heavy even though there isnt much equipment inside.