series of press releases, announced the coming availability of
its 4G WiMax network with network partner Sprint in three of the most
important metro areas in the United States -- New York City, Los
Angeles, and San Francisco.
Big Apple is expected to receive the high-speed data network first,
as early as November 1st. Los Angeles is set to go live a month later
-- on December 1st -- and San Francisco is slated for late December.
consumers in NYC or L.A. may already be able to connect to WiMAX. "In
advance of Clearwire's commercial 4G launch," Clearwire said,
"dual-mode 3G/4G service is now available to consumers in select
areas" of Los Angeles and New York City. "This
targeted pre-launch promotion provides early adopters with broad 3G
coverage and limited 4G coverage while final work on Clearwire's 4G
network is completed."
three additional cities will add
to Sprint/Clearwire's current availability in 56 major
metropolitan areas across the country. The press releases also
mention that Denver, Miami, Cincinnati, and Cleveland are all
expected to receive the 4G services by year's end, bringing the total
up to 63 major metros.
which Sprint owns through majority stock, stated that its network
services are currently available to approximately 66 million people,
including the services it offers through partnerships with Comcast
and Time Warner Cable.
is the only major carrier to use WiMax for its fourth-generation
technology. This has allowed the third-largest carrier to become the
first to offer branded "4G" services to consumers, with
devices like the HTC
EVO 4G and Samsung
Epic 4G. However, WiMAX is broadly looked at as an inferior
technology to LTE, which the three other major carriers have
committed to for their respective future 4G networks. Verizon, in
particular, has announced aggressive plans
to offer LTE in up to 30 cities by year's end. AT&T
is aiming to be close behind, with its own LTE rollout slated for