Clearwire and Sprint have been offering 4G (WiMAX) services in various
parts of the United States for quite some time now, but the latest
introductions are probably the most significant yet. Actually, it's a
pretty safe bet that these are in fact the most prominent yet. First
off, Clearwire, Sprint and Time Warner Cable are partnering to offer 4G
in New York City, which is a place that knows all too well how important
mobile bandwidth can be.
and Time Warner Cable will each launch commercial 4G
service in New York City on November 1, with official launch events and
retail store openings to follow in each market. The actual service will
be the same, but it will be resold by these three carriers. That means
that there are more sales channels to get people connected, and with LTE
coming up soon, 4G definitely is making a push to become the
next-generation wireless data service. Subscribers will also be able to
purchase a wide range of 4G devices, including: compact USB modems,
numerous Intel(R) embedded WiMAX laptops and netbooks, portable Wi-Fi/4G
hotspots, and other wireless devices.
What could be bigger than a 4G launch in The Big Apple? A 4G launch in
San Francisco. Even more so than NYC, The City by the Bay is a tough
place to latch onto a 3G signal, particularly with AT&T. But with
Comcast, Sprint and Clearwire announcing that they'll be bringing WiMAX
to the city via their own specific channels, it may end up lightening
the load somewhat if people switch to WiMAX for their mobile data needs.
This locale will receive the service in "late December," meaning that
it should be live right around Christmastime.
If ever there were two huge launch cities to give Clear's WiMAX service a
boost, these are it.