Items tagged with WiMAX

Analyst Walter Piecyk of BTIG Research ran more than 1,000 speed tests in New York City to determine which 4G network was faster, Verizon's LTE or Sprint's WiMax. If it's all about speed for a subscriber, the tests point to one 4G network: Verizon. Sprint's HTC Evo 4G smartphone and the recently released Verizon HTC Thunderbolt were used in the tests. BTIG used the phones as mobile hotspots. Both an iPad 2 and Toshiba laptop used the smartphones for their broadband connectivity, and the results were unsurprising, echoing another recent test by RootMetrics that compared all Big 4 carriers and came out with Verizon on top. That was average: Verizon's network topped out at 19Mbps download and 10Mbps... Read more...
Don't go betting against WiMAX just yet. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has gone and approved IEEE 802.16m, which is the standard for the next generation of WiMAX. Also known as WirelessMAN-Advanced for WiMAX-2, the new standard could possibly deliver speeds of more than 300Mbps, as demonstrated by Samsung last year at the CEATAC trade show in Tokyo, although it's designed to deliver around 100Mbps to end users. "We are delighted that IEEE has recognized the completion of this comprehensive technical effort that has involved hundreds of creative and diligent professionals from over twenty countries during the last four years," said Dr. Roger Marks, Chair of the IEEE... Read more...
Is something afoot at Clearwire? To many, WiMAX has been a dying technology. LTE clearly has the Lion's share of the support globally, and many carriers (like Yota in Russia) have already switched their 4G service loyalty from WiMAX to LTE. But Clearwire is still a big deal, and Sprint's growing 4G consumer base relies on those airwaves. But this week, suddenly, the company's CEO decided to step down. There have been rumors that Clearwire and Sprint weren't exactly getting along, but definitely no rumors of the CEO just outright departing. But that's what has happened. The executive leadership team is changing, with CEO Bill Morrow stepping down and John Stanton, chairman of Clearwire's board... Read more...
Clearwire hasn't had an easy go of it. But then again, breaking into the wireless industry never sounded like an easy thing to do, so that's probably no surprise either. The company has been burning through cash at an alarming rate in order to build out their 4G WiMAX network, and that buildout rate has become critically important now that Verizon Wireless has turned on their LTE network. Clearwire had around a year to call the 4G world their own, but now, AT&T has HSPA+ rollouts, T-Mobile USA does as well, and Verizon has LTE. Competition is suddenly upon them, and there have even been questions about Clearwire's future. For awhile, the company was selling service both internally and via... Read more...
Sprint really has been all over the map in the past dozen years. Prepaid, postpaid, "chirp," Nextel, no more Nextel, NASCAR, NFL, WiMAX, Clear...the list goes on and on. The company has their toes dipped into a lot of pools, and that number is increasing. There's already been a deal struck to get involved with ECOtality's EV charging stations, and now it seems even more clear that Sprint CEO Dan Hesse firmly believes in the power of automotive. Hesse was on hand in Detroit to deliver the Detroit Economic Club keynote address for 2011, where he announced machine-to-machine initiatives with Aeris/Hyundai, PACCAR and ECOtality. The key is Sprint's machine-to-machine (M2M) technology, which can be... Read more...
Well, that was short lived. Consumer electronics have a pretty short life-cycle these days. Even the HTC-build Google Nexus One only remained on sale for a few months, and now one of Clear's mobile hotspot devices has bit the dust. The iSpot was an interesting product from the start. It was a small 4G pebble that provided access to WiMAX services only, but there was one other big restriction. It would only work with Apple devices. MacBook, MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, those type of devices. Basically, it was a WiMAX device designed specifically for Apple users. Because of that limitation, it was offered for just $100, with no contract attached. And then, monthly rates to WiMAX were just $25 per... Read more...
Is a taste of 4G just what San Francisco needed to ease its reliance on 3G? The City by the Bay is one of the nation's most notorious for having lackluster 3G; usually, there are simply so many people on the networks, that getting anything through seems like a challenge. Many AT&T users in the area, in particular, have complained about service there, while carriers insist that the city makes it very difficult to install new towers and capacity. Stuck between a rock and a hard place, so to speak. Sprint, as promised, has officially launched WiMAX services in SF today, but it's actually far more than just SF proper. Palo Alto, San Jose and Oakland are also now getting 4G coverage, so the entire... Read more...
Did you know that Clearwire provides internet services for the home? They do. Aside from offering mobile 4G access, the WiMAX company also delivers Internet service to homes, and there's a new modem out for those who are considering the service. It's called the Clear Modem with Wi-Fi, and basically, it's a Clearwire 4G modem + WLAN router built into one single unit. Buying this prevents users from having to buy a 4G modem for their home as well as separate router to send signals out over Wi-Fi. This one box does it all. It's a pretty slim one too, so it shouldn't be too worrisome to install. The WLAN portion supports 802.11b/g/n and functions on Windows Vista 32/64, Windows 7 32/64 and Mac OS8... Read more...
The 4G rollout continues! With T-Mobile now claiming that their HSPA+ network is "4G," and Verizon Wireless claiming the same for their incoming LTE network, it's getting hard to know what's what. WiMAX is the original 4G network, and both Clearwire and Sprint are working hard to bring that network to more and more people. Every few weeks now it seems like another major market is getting Spring 4G, and that's the case again this week. Los Angeles, Miami, Washington, D.C., Cleveland, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio are the latest cities to get Sprint/Clear's 4G services, and those are definitely heavy-hitters. These major markets have historically had issues handling all of the 3G capacity, so hopefully... Read more...
America's largest and most prominent city now has 4G, at last. Nearly 60 other cities, many that are far smaller than NYC, received 4G from Sprint before the Big Apple, but Sprint has today revealed that NYC has WiMAX. The City has waited for years to become one of the crowd, and many wondered why it wasn't turned on earlier. Of course, the planning necessary to light up 4G in a city this packed, with this many skyscrapers, has to be daunting. Sprint is probably going to make a major 4G push in NYC as the holiday approaches, as they're the only one in the business offering 4G mobile speeds in the city. Verizon's LTE network is likely to compete with it early next year, but for now, the advantage... Read more...
In addition to the 4G LTE USB WWAN Modem Motorola announced today, the company is also helping WiMAX operators build out their networks with the new WiMAX Access Point (WAP) 850. The WAP 850 enables WiMAX operators to build fewer WiMAX sites with higher capacity. The base station is built with the future in mind by providing a migration path to 802.16m WiMAX or Long Term Evolution. The WAP 850 uses Intelligent Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) scheduler software. When used in combination with Motorola's high capacity baseband hardware, it can support up to 40% more subscribers than other solutions. Motorola Solutions Introduces Most Cost-Effective, Clear Path to 4G With WiMAX... Read more...
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. Clearwire, Sprint 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... Read more...
3G is booming, and the expansion won't stop for years to come. But 4G is already on the minds of tech enthusiasts, and Sprint/Clearwire already have it commercially available to those who live in very specific areas and are willing to pay the premium. LTE, which is the primary WiMAX rival, is expected to launch next year, so Clear is doing as much as they can to expand WiMAX and take advantage of their first-mover status. Recently, the company announced that there will be WiMAX wireless deployment in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Texas and Florida, and it will be FiberLight helping them with the cause. FiberLight is known for providing high-performance fiber network infrastructure, and Clear will... Read more...
The most popular and powerful Android phones currently available are quite possibly members of the Samsung Galaxy S line. Powered by Samsung’s very own 1GHz Cortex A8-based Hummingbird processor and featuring a four-inch Super-AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) capacitive touchscreen with a 480x800 resolution, it’s no wonder that Samsung has already sold over 5 million Galaxy S-branded phones. The latest member of the Galaxy S family is the Samsung Epic 4G Android Smartphone, which adds two unique features that the other Galaxy S handsets lack: a slide-out keyboard and 4G capabilities. We take a detailed look at the Samsung Epic 4G here... Samsung Epic 4G Android... Read more...
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