Clearwire Further Opens the Door to LTE Switch
During Clearwire's recent quarterly conference call, the company indicated that it has changed an agreement in place with Intel. Intel has invested heavily in WiMax technology. The change in the agreement between the two companies allows either party to exit the agreement with 30 days notice with no penalties. Previously, Clearwire was required to use WiMax until November 2011. Clearwire's CEO Bill Morrow said in March that he believes it would be best to agree on one next-generation wireless networking technology moving forward, and said that Clearwire could change from WiMax to Long Term Evolution if it needed to. Both standards use similar technologies. Clearwire has not announced any formal shift from WiMax to LTE, but has certainly given the company the legal wiggle room to do so. In the U.S., Clearwire and Sprint's competitors AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and others have all sided with LTE. Verizon Wireless, in particular, plans to launch several LTE markets by the end of 2010.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Nonprofits Convince Judge to Delay Sprint's WiMAX Shutdown
Mobile Citizens, a not-for-profit organization that provides free and low-cost internet service to schools, has won an injunction preventing Sprint from shutting down its WiMax network. Sprint had planned to cease operating WiMax on Nov.
HTC One A9: First Phone To Work on Verizon Without CDMA
HTC will sell an unlocked version of its new One A9 that can be used on Verizon's LTE network, even though the phone lacks the legacy CDMA technology found in all other Verizon phones to date. That makes the One A9 the first phone announced for use with Verizon in LTE-only mode.
Sprint to Kill Off WiMax Once and for All On Nov. 6, 2015
Sprint today confirmed it will permanently shutter its WiMax network on or around November 6, 2015. The company had previously said it would operate the failed 4G network until "the end of 2015." Sprint said it has identified 6,000 "redundant sites that we expect to decommission and terminate the underlying leases," as part of the process, which will save the company some money.
How necessary was this change?
Could this be done through a firmware upgrade?
Second) Yes. LTE and WiMax are software controlled. They both use the same technology. This is why I don't get the hate on WiMax. Everyone in the markets has the chance to...