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Clearwire announces 2009 WiMAX expansion cities
Posted: 06-Mar-2009 [Source: Clearwire]

[Clearwire announces WiMAX expansion cities and new products including a dual-mode 3G/4G wireless modem to be available this summer.]

Kirkland, WA -- “During 2009, we expect to launch our Clear™ branded mobile broadband services in a number of new markets such as Las Vegas, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia and Dallas/Ft. Worth and in our largest existing markets, namely Baltimore, Seattle, Honolulu and Charlotte,” said Benjamin G. Wolff, chief executive office of Clearwire. Wolff added. “With a robust pipeline of cell sites under development, we are working to significantly extend our wireless 4G network to many more markets, giving us the ability to cover as many as 120 million people with true broadband mobility by the end of 2010, including in major markets such as New York, Boston, Washington D.C., Houston and the San Francisco Bay area to name a few.”

“In this difficult economic climate, our objective is to continue to balance the prudent use of our significant financial resources with our desire to take full advantage of the market opportunity that is in front of us, and we intend to do just that. This means retaining the flexibility to accelerate or decelerate our expansion based on our own successes and the macro economic environment. Our job is also to provide innovative products and services that give consumers more for less, which is more important than ever given the state of our economy. Our early results in Portland indicate we are doing just that,” Wolff continued. “As we move into 2009, we are expanding our network to support the rapidly growing consumer appetite for 4G mobile broadband services. We firmly believe that we are in the right place at the right time, with an unmatched group of assets, enabling us to build long-term value for our shareholders as we re-invent the way people use, experience and connect to the Internet.”

In addition to announcing network expansion plans, Clearwire also announced new products. The company expects to launch a dual-mode 3G/4G wireless modem in the summer giving Clear customers a national data footprint with Sprint’s 3G network. The modem will be sold by Clear and Sprint and automatically switch between WiMAX service and Sprint’s 3G network.

The company also plans to launch a personal hot spot, a Clear accessory which combines the mobility of WiMAX with the ubiquity of Wi-Fi. Expected to be available at the end of March, the device when paired with the Clear 4G service will open the Clear 4G network to hundreds of Wi-Fi enabled products.

As Clearwire is deploying a mobile WiMAX network, the PC industry is moving forward with WiMAX as well. Together with Intel, the technology now has a long list of supporters including Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, Lenovo, Panasonic, Samsung and Toshiba that are delivering new Centrino-2 processor powered notebooks with the integrated Intel WiMAX /Wi-Fi chipset that has advanced MIMO technology. There are 26 models that are WiMAX certified today and many more in the pipeline. A number of OEMs are also offering or plan to offer soon Intel Atom based netbooks, which increase the affordability and the reach of those products.

Clearwire expects there to be nearly 100 mobile WiMAX devices – such as laptops, netbooks, handhelds, USBs and modems – available to customers by the end of the year.

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