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Clearwire to start building out its LTE network this month

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Clearwire to start building out its LTE network this month
Clearwire has a goal of getting its TDD-LTE service up in 5,000 cell sites by June 30th 2013. Earlier this year the company said it would have LTE coverage in 31 markets by the middle of next year. With the clock ticking toward that date, CFO Hope Cochran said at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference that construction on the network would begin this month with work picking up in the fourth quarter. Clearwire won't be offering the service directly to consumers and in fact, Sprint will be Clearwire's biggest customer using the service along with the carrier's own LTE pipeline. Sprint, of course, is Clearwire's largest stockholder.

Clearwire's CFO Hope Cochran

Clearwire's CFO Hope Cochran

Clearwire intends to deploy its LTE signal in high-traffic areas and will charge Sprint based on usage of its network. Doing this should enable the company to start bringing in tons of revenue. Cochran added that Clearwire is "talking to Sprint at all times to make sure it's there when they need it,"  referring to its LTE coverage. As far as the cost of building out the pipeline, Clearwire said it will use financing offered by its vendors, whose names it will announce next month.

Clearwire's finances are not in the best condition considering that it is in transition from WiMAX to LTE. Sprint is paying them $900 million for WiMAX service this year and next. While nothing in its dealings with the nation's third largest carrier prevents Clearwire from signing deals with rival operators, Cochran says that Clearwire and Sprint are aligned and that the LTE rollout will help both companies.

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 23 Sep 2012, 12:55 2

1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Exactly how slow is WiMax?

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:01 6

2. aaronkatrini (Posts: 242; Member since: 06 Jun 2012)

Nobody really knows... Those who do, cannot make to this website today... Maybe tomorrow we will get their comment!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:16 3

3. Danalvi1981 (Posts: 49; Member since: 02 Jun 2010)

That was funny!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:21 4

7. lsutigers (Posts: 821; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)

It's not as slow as some people think. The thing with WiMAX is you have to be in a good coverage area and due to the use of a high frequency, it is difficult to achieve strong signals inside buildings. Clear's TD-LTE is not supposed to suffer from this as TD technology is much better at signal propagation.

That being said, until my company just upgraded our phones to Sprint LTE, we were using WiMAX and the phones worked inside the building fine and speeds were anywhere from 4mbps-12mbps. The speeds are similar to HSPA+ that T-Mobile and AT&T claim as 4G.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:13

4. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)

Realistically though, not that slow. Maybe 8-10Mbps with a solid signal... though that's the problem. Sprint and Clearwire deployed in such a way that makes building penetration and signal strength at distance awful. An example is that I was in a building less than a mile from a WiMax tower and had zero WiMax signal yet a solid 3G signal presumably from the same location.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 14:33 2

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

8 - 10 Mb/s on WiMax would be fabulous. I had a HTC EVO 3D for a brief while (before VZW rolled out their LTE footprint in the S.F. Bay area) and the best I could get was in the range of 5 - 6 Mb/s. Coverage footprint for WiMax was really spotty. I could be at one end of a block in San Mateo, and I would have 4 or 5 bars and getting 5 Mb/s down. At the opposite end of the SAME block, there would be no signal.

Once VZW's LTE network came to town, the only thing missing was a credible handset. When the RAZR was released, Sprint and WiMax was but a memory.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 15:12 2

6. jenna_23 (Posts: 145; Member since: 02 Apr 2010)

well tht depends were u live i live in LA and i had sprint for a while before switching to at&t . In LA sprint has a decent wimax network like tht other guy said above me with a good signal u see speeds in the 8-10 mbps range with bursts of 13 but like they said wimax reception inside buildings was horrible other thn tht speed wasnt the bad 8-10 mbps is more thn enough to do basic things like fb, email etc..

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 18:53

8. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)

it wasnt as slow as you think..been using WiMax.. but its ok! not terrible but fine! coz im in good coverage!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:47

9. skymitch89 (Posts: 1361; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)

Depends an a lot of things such as distance from tower and how many people are connected to that tower. I've got spotty WiMax in the city where I live, not an official Sprint WiMax city but a Clear WiMax city. When I do connect to it, I average 2-4Mbps down and have maxed at almost 8Mbps.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 20:51

10. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Max of 8?
Wow... slower than I thought... I guess I'm just a little spoiled with Verizons uber fast LTE. My uploads average 5-6, and downloads are consistantly above 11.... not to mention the occasional 36 down and 25 up!!!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 17:06

12. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

thats great! BUT! what good is it when its that fast and NOT unlimited data! ? really, I have clearwire unlimited and get min of 12 to 13mbps DL, and that is MORE then plenty to watch nexflix on my TV, cant do that with VERIZON, if I did, i'd be constantly worried about exceeding that silly data cap! LOL, sucks to be verizon!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 22:24

11. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I had clearwire for home internet - it slowed down to 1-2 mbps from 6, and when I called they had not a clue why - blaming my pc and router - now, with COMCAST, I get 30 mbps. What had happened was - they were capping my speed for playing too much Halo.

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