Atlanta Gets WiMax

(17 Jun 2009, BWCS Staff)

US broadband operator Clearwire Communications says it has launched its third city-wide roll-out of its mobile WiMax network in Atlanta. The new system, which will cover approximately 1,200 square miles, is seen by many as a sign that Clearwire is speeding up its deployment of high-speed wireless technology.

The new network, which will use mainly Motorola kit, will cover an area more than twice the size of those covered in previous roll-outs in Baltimore, Maryland and Portland, Oregon. The end-to-end Motorola equipment includes the company's CPE1 150 desk top device that automatically connects to the WiMax network and its USBw wireless 100 adaptor modem that plugs into laptops. Both data-only devices operate in the 2.5GHz frequency band.

Clearwire says it is installing over 400 cell sites across the southern US City using either Motorola WAP 400 or WAP 450 Diversity Access Points. Cisco is also a major supplier of network equipment for Clearwire. The company, which is 51% owned by Sprint Nextel, says it will add other cities this summer including Chicago and Las Vegas. Philadelphia and Dallas/Fort Worth are set to follow in the third quarter with Charlotte, Seattle, and Honolulu among the 80 cities (120 million people) that Clearwire says it will cover by the end of next year.

Clearwire recently reported that it has 500,000 customers - the vast majority are pre-WiMax subscribers.


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