Thursday, July 08, 2010

The Clear Network …. 4G WiMAX Grid For Faster Wireless Internet Access

The Clear network is composed of deployments from two companies: Sprint and Clearwire.

Sprint in 2007 began 4G installations on the eastern seaboard under the now-defunct XOHM brand. Sprint approached Clearwire, who was deploying pre-4G services at the time, to form a comprehensive agreement to share both spectrum and market for the purposes of growing WiMAX's presence in the US. This deal broke down by the end of 2007.

As the deal broke down, it is reported that Clearwire picked up a massive chunk of the 2.5GHz spectrum used to provide WiMAX; it was sold by AT&T as a condition of its merger with Bell South. Geographically, the acquisition gave Clearwire rights to the second largest coverage area behind AT&T.

Fast-forward to 2008.

Sprint once again approached Clearwire for a deal, this time with a merger of services in mind: Sprint with the 4G infrastructure, and Clearwire with the capital, spectrum and experience to do wireless broadband. That Clearwire/XOHM merger is now known as Clear.

Sprint owns 51% of the company, Clearwire shareholders own 27%, and the remaining shares are owned by a consortium of Comcast, Time Warner, Intel, Google, and Bright House.

As of right now, Clear/Sprint currently covers …..

Georgia - Atlanta, Milledgeville; Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui; Idaho - Boise; Illinois - Chicago; Maryland - Baltimore; Nevada - Las Vegas; North Carolina - Charlotte, Greensboro, (along with High Point and Winston-Salem), Raleigh (along with Cary, Chapel Hill and Durham); Oregon - Portland, Salem; Pennsylvania - Philadelphia; Texas - Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Killeen/Temple, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, San Antonio, Waco, Wichita Falls; Washington - Bellingham, Seattle.

If you live in one of these cities, nobody but Sprint/Clear will offer better/faster service until Verizon Wireless and AT&T start turning on their 4G networks (using a tech called "LTE") in 2011.

Since the infrastructure is developed on a WiMAX distribution grid ….. it’sa pretty error free wireless distribution methodology to put it very simply. Clear is faster than DSL and cable ..... and much cheaper too.

However, they're not available everywhere (yet) as stated above …. so please look over the service areas listing to see if you’re location is there.

For more specific information go to ….. Clear 4G WiMAX

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