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Atlanta is the largest metropolitan mobile WiMAX area in the country

When it comes to 4G services for the U.S., Sprint and Clearwire jumped on WiMAX as the technology of choice while all other mobile providers bet on LTE. The reasoning for Sprint and Clearwire was that WiMAX would be able to hit the market faster than LTE.

Considering that very few WiMAX installations have been implemented on the U.S. so far, the faster to implement prediction may prove false. So far, WiMAX is only being offered in a few areas of the country including Baltimore, MD and Portland, Oregon.

Clearwire has announced that its Clear WiMAX service is now available to customers in Atlanta, Georgia as well. Atlanta is now the largest metropolitan WiMAX service area in America. The Installation was made using Motorola WiMAX equipment and reportedly covers 1,200 square miles and serves about 3 million people.

Clearwire general manager Marc Brachman said, "By delivering broadband connectivity to people, and not just places, we now offer Atlantans the freedom to enjoy super-fast Internet access wherever they go in our coverage area. Whether it’s a small business owner looking to conduct online video chats with customers from the field or a person looking to access entertainment sites without being tied to a fixed-location, CLEAR delivers."

Clearwire says that customers in the area can enjoy broadband speeds of four to six Mbps downstream with bursts up to 15Mbps. To access the service a special $59.99 USB modem for notebooks and netbooks is needed with plans running about $40 per month or $10 for a day pass. Desktop users can get a modem for $79.99 or lease it for $4.99 monthly.

Clearwire says that it plans to roll out WiMAX service in Las Vegas later this summer and other cities will come online later in the year including Dallas, Chicago, and Philadelphia. Next year networks in Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Houston, and San Francisco are planned to launch. LTE networks are expected to be implemented next year as well by competitors to Sprint and Clearwire. Clearwire said last year that it expected to serve about 80 million customers in 2009.



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Different price for same USB device??
By cyyc009 on 6/17/2009 12:41:37 PM , Rating: 2
Why do desktop users have to pay $79.99 for the USB modem that costs twenty bucks less for laptops? This isn't expresscard people, this is USB. As if my laptop can read USB devices differently than on my desktop. It makes no sense. People are going to find hacks around this.




By Diesel Donkey on 6/17/2009 12:47:43 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think a hack is needed. How about just buying the USB laptop dongle and plugging it into your desktop?


RE: Different price for same USB device??
By HighWing on 6/17/2009 1:21:55 PM , Rating: 4
just thinking out loud but I wonder if the difference could be antenna size and strength. People using laptops would most likely be in coffee shops near windows etc and could get better signals with less power. Where as a desktop computer would most likely be deeper inside and getting a weaker signal thus requiring more power to send.


By inperfectdarkness on 6/17/2009 9:53:54 PM , Rating: 2
hopefully...wi-max support will be integrated into laptops, just like wi-fi is currently--within 2 years.


RE: Different price for same USB device??
By Maxima2k2se on 6/17/2009 1:31:02 PM , Rating: 2
The desktop modem is not USB its like any standard cable modem that plugs into a power source and then runs an ethernet cable to the PC, the USB modem is similar to a thumb drive, so the devices are totally different hence the price difference.


By Maxima2k2se on 6/17/2009 1:40:06 PM , Rating: 3
You can use the USB modem on any desktop, but it is mainly for better mobility.

P.S. DT, add an edit feature already jeez..


By CZroe on 6/17/2009 11:19:56 AM , Rating: 3
There is an extra hyphen breaking the link to the news source.

Anyway, ClearWire.com does not show coverage in Georgia, so I could not determine if it goes to my family's hometown of Newnan, GA (considered by many to be metro Atlanta).

ATL has the world's largest local calling area, so it's only fitting that they get the largest WiMax/4G roll-out so far. ;)




By rpgman1 on 6/17/2009 1:05:26 PM , Rating: 2
I remember 4 years ago at Georgia Gwinnett College that one of the IT staff said WiMAX maybe coming to our area. I thought it was a bunch of phooey. Obviously I was wrong, but we still need to buy a modem/adapter for using it.


By Maxima2k2se on 6/17/2009 1:42:48 PM , Rating: 2
Try Clear.com, That is the site for Wimax users.


By CZroe on 6/21/2009 3:01:05 AM , Rating: 2
thank you very much.


By randomuserguy on 6/19/2009 2:57:17 AM , Rating: 2
Dude Newnan is like 40 miles outside of Atlanta, there is no way they would have coverage out there, they don't even have full 3G coverage down there on a lot of cell networks.


By CZroe on 6/21/2009 2:58:51 AM , Rating: 2
Granted, Atlanta is top-heavy because of the endless Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport expansions threatening to interfere with any future development south of the perimiter but, when I lived in Newnan, I was about 16 miles from the i-285 perimeter/Atlanta airport (HWY 154 exit 51). That's "Atlanta" by anyone's definition and airport coverega is an absolute "must."

I'm not really sure why you are using 3G coverage to relate to WiMAX... why not, say, broadcast TV? After all, we watch Atlanta's broadcast TV. Why expect WiMAX to have similar coverage to 3G when it is intended to cover much larger areas and get high-speed to distant/rural places? Peachtree City is as far south as Newnan except it doesn't have Interstate access and yet they have full 3G coverage (all the Delta pilots live there). With AT&T, Newnan has about half 3G coverage... probably more since I left in December (they were still rolling out). IIRC, they had Metricom's Ricochet broadband wireless service back in the day. Carrollton certainly had tons of the modems in their Goodwill Emporium thrift store last year!

Anyway, Newnan *IS* considered metro-Atlanta, so when they say that they rolled out in the Atlanta area, they could have antennas directly in all the metro areas too. It doesn't mean that it has to reach there FROM downtown Atlanta and I didn't EXPECT coverage, so that's why I wanted to check. Even if it would be unreasonable to expect it, I didn't, so don't act like it was unreasonable to want to check also.


How about some plain old EVDO?
By Diesel Donkey on 6/17/2009 11:07:01 AM , Rating: 3
I love reading about the WiMAX rollout when I'm sitting here in State College, PA at one of the largest universities in the country rocking Sprint's spotty 1xRTT coverage.

Hey Sprint, if you can throw some EVDO my way I'll buy a Pre! I promise! Somehow I think the PR for 4G will drown out my plea.




RE: How about some plain old EVDO?
By AlexWade on 6/17/2009 1:37:39 PM , Rating: 2
A lesson Sprint has failed to learn is this: Why bother with 4G when you can't do 1G right? If the foundation is shaky then the whole house is unstable. I still marvel at why I have trouble calling people with Sprint phones. Even though they are not using the phone, many times it goes straight to voicemail. All carriers need a lesson in this, but Sprint more so than anybody else.


traffic shaping!
By albundy2 on 6/18/2009 6:30:31 AM , Rating: 2
clear broke netflix for being a bandwidth hog... at least in portland. great speed, but you wont stream diddly.




Surf Clearwire
By QC WiMax on 6/18/2009 9:02:18 AM , Rating: 2
Go http://surfclearwire.com/ to activate if you are in Atlanta, Portland, or Las Vegas. These guys give you the best deal by offering a gift card or free months of service and let you try it for 7 days to make sure you want it. So far the service in Atlanta is fine except one dark spot in Alpharetta that I frequent.

To answer your question, it seems that Clear is promoting their network that was built for internet and will get consistent speeds at 6MB down. I currently have Time Warner Cable and they say we get 12MB down but 90% of the time (especially when others are on when everyone gets home from work) we get about 4-6.




Have Clear, its laggy
By randomuserguy on 6/19/2009 2:59:53 AM , Rating: 2
The only problem I have with WiMax right now is its really laggy, used to have DSL and I would ping 10ms or so to pretty much any east coast based server. Now with WiMax I ping 100ms to my next door neighbor. Bottom line, if you are gaming a lot, this isn't the internet connect for you. Especially if you are used to DSL or Cable latencies.




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