Clearwire holding back on lanching the next form of WiMax

Clearwire holding back on lanching the next form of WiMax
With no sight of any clear threat from rival competitors, Clearwire isn’t going to do anything rash that would compromise a clear advantage for their next generation network. They’ve already taken the leap with Sprint in launching their WiMax 4G network to a nation of users still adjusting to the readily available 3G networks across the country. The 802.16m Mobile WiMax standard should be finalized sometime during the middle part of the year; according to sources at the IEEE. This new technology can really place WiMax at the forefront of blazing connection speeds which can deliver 120 Mbps downstream and 60 Mbps upstream by using 4X2 MIMO antenna configurations with a single 20 MHz TDD channel. All of this points to the possibility of Clearwire gaining another level in the form of a “WiMax 2” deployment. According to Clearwire’s CTO, John Saw, the biggest Mobile WiMax carrier isn’t in a hurry to test or deploy this technology – even going further to say that "I don't think it's going to be this year. I think it's going to be much more likely 2011." Taking a conservative approach in broadening its existing network configurations will most likely be the primary goal – especially when 4G technology may still seem somewhat alien to some people. Right now both Samsung and Russian WiMax operator Yota are already testing the technology overseas – with a hopeful launch sometime this year.

via DSLReports



1. SamTime

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 07, 2009

I'm still not going to drink the WiMax koolaid.

2. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

same here im waiting for da LTE koolaid lol

7. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Yeah and if I remember right verizon said they are going to limit your koolaid so drink up cause it will dry up...

3. donjonson410

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

That leaves you with no Koolaid to drink, enjoy!

4. DonLouie

Posts: 594; Member since: Dec 22, 2008

This is great, at the forefront by being 1st with faster speeds around the corner. LTE has plenty of catching up to do

5. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

uhh. yea.. its got 5 markets up.. wooo hoo!! go wimax!! oh yea, and every other carrier in the world is going LTE exept sprint. im sure in 3-5 years we will be going .. "remember wimax.. didnt some company called sprint invest in that and alienate themselves from being able to get the coolest handsets and large network footprint because they werent compatable with other services? Clearwire said in an interview they also plan to launch on LTE as well, when LTE starts expanding. So where would that leave Wimax and sprint?

6. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

I think it is too soon to tell whether Sprint's 4G network is a failure...jury is still out. Sprint's 4G is available in 30 markets and growing... Sprint's 4G service is the last that allows for truly unlimited data (on Wimax) @ speeds up to 10Mbps... While att and vzw cap 3G @ 5gb, charge 25cents/MB for overages and offer speeds up to 3Mbps If you're in the market and want the speeds Sprints 4G is the way to go. Sprint is the fastest NOW! It's the NOW network, not the 2012 when att and vzw start the 4G roll out. Weigh the advantages, consumers will vote who is the best with there "$"

8. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

LTE handsets? What world are you in? If 4G is truly as fast as they claim it will be it will be too fast for a MOBILE device such as a phone... hence the fact that a mobile phone uses a battery. Perhaps you should look up how fast 4G WiMax can drain a pretty decent laptop battery before you go yappin.

9. Jaycjs

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 12, 2009

Wow, You have the Worst Facts that I have ever read. Thanks for Wasting my time. If you want the honest true: Clearwire is owned by Sprint. They own 54% of the company. And No, Clearwire isn't Launching an LTE Network. That would be stupid and a waste of money. WiMax and LTE are almost similar technology, the difference is where the each company uses its spectrum. So then Article that says "Clearwire plans to Launch LTE," Simple means if LTE becomes the more popular choice that it can be simple convert to the 700 Mhz spectrum. The benefits of WiMax over LTE is that one tower can produce a 31 miles radius tower which in turn cause the 12 MBPS downlink speeds but LTE is reduced its cover to have 100MPS speeds. See the correlation? Sprint and WiMax want to obtain coverage before speed then Covert to WiMax MIMO which is already in development. Same for LTE, they are going to increase there cover as popularity grows. I think neither will Win as most of Europe as signed to LTE but most of Asia has signed to WiMax. Both use Voice over IP and both can manipulate Spectrums.

10. brasshat

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

Well, I would think that leaves Sprint in pretty decent shape, given that they own 51% (the controlling interest) of Clearwire...

11. cuddybonz

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 06, 2009

Really cuz the rest of the world is already using Wimax. We are playing catch up.

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