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Clearwire will launch LTE in 31 markets in mid-2013

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Clearwire will launch LTE in 31 markets in mid-2013
Wireless service provider Clearwire, known for being behind Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network, teased the scope of its upcoming 4G LTE network. In mid-2013, Clearwire is expected to cover 31 markets at the launch of the network.

Here are some of the major metros that will get under Clearwire’s 4G umbrella:

  • Chicago, 
  • Los Angeles, 
  • New York City, 
  • San Francisco, 
  • Seattle

The rest of the markets will be revealed later on. Clearwire will use TDD-LTE, the same technology that is said to be used in mainland China and Canada. The network will also be ready to get bumped up to LTE-Advanced, a technology theoretically capable of reaching speeds of 1Gbps, according to CEO Erik Prusch.

After breaking a deal with LightSquared, Clearwire will be an important part of Sprint’s 4G LTE rollout.

source: Electronista

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posted on 27 Apr 2012, 11:39

1. bbonline (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Feb 2011)


How is this network going to work for Sprint? They are deploying it in a different band, altogether. Does that mean that Sprint LTE phones will have all sorts of LTE bands?

posted on 27 Apr 2012, 20:24 2

2. lsutigers (Posts: 759; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


Sprint will have it's own LTE Network. Clearwire will continue to be a 4G wholesaler to many carriers, some have already inked contracts to use for extra capacity or to rely solely on Clear's Network. Sprint will eventually use Clearwire for extra capacity nationwide, especially in major metros where congestion is likely to occcur. So yes, at some point, Sprint phones will likely adopt Clear compatible LTE radios, but this is nothing new, as the idea is that carriers will establish LTE roaming agreements since for once they are all using the same technology.

The reason Clearwire is important to Sprint is because they will help offload some traffic on the Sprint LTE Network and maintain speeds for data hungry unlimited users. This is critical to Sprint keeping unlimited data and Sprint knows it, thats why they are positioning themselves for this. Eventually many will switch their wireline broadband connections with mobile hotspots for home / office / travel / mobile use.

It is important to note though that Sprint will have it's own LTE Network, independent of Clear, however, they will share cell sites as Sprint Network Vision multi-mode architecture lends itself to extremely flexible spectrum hosting on Sprint's equipment.

Sprint will be in a great position with Clearwire's massive spectrum holdings on top of their own, also, TDD-LTE will be much better at bulding penetration than WiMAX.

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 14:14

4. MYTHiKAL (Posts: 33; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


Awesome reply.. Much appreciated. I been between Sprint, ATT and now Verizon.. I lvoe Verizon the most at the moment.. but,, once SPRINT GETS their ACT together with penetration and FAST LTE,, I will be coming back to Sprint in a HAERT BEAT..

posted on 28 Apr 2012, 07:00

3. bbonline (Posts: 38; Member since: 24 Feb 2011)


Thanks for the great explanation, lsutigers! I appreciate that!

posted on 29 Apr 2012, 00:53

5. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I got Sprint and couldn't be happier after BigRed and BigBlue.The WiMax actually sucks in some spots due to it being sporadic still.But being here in Miami ,I'm seriously looking forward towards LTE.Remember Sprint still owns a percentage of CLearwire,and that deal w/Nextel in 2005,that's being used to enhance 3g by eliminating iDen altogether,or something like that.I guess the BOD is letting Hesse breathe a little bit by letting him do his thing.

I'm looking forward to May 3 to hopefully the sequel to the Epic 4g Touch.And hopefully the Vision Network can penetrate buildings better and put it on VZW & AT&T.

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