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Clearwire CEO: No LTE Until 2012

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May 10, 2010, 10:24 AM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

Clearwire's CEO Bill Morrow recently explained in more detail the company's network plans for the future. Despite the recent change in its agreement with Intel that would let it switch to Long Term Evolution from WiMax as soon as this year, the company has no immediate plans to change networking technologies. About the agreement change with Intel, Morrow said, "We won't be deploying LTE anytime soon and definitely not before 2012. But it does give us greater flexibility." Morrow also indicated that he'd like to make T-Mobile USA a wholesale customer of its network, but downplayed T-Mobile's HSPA+ network. "As a competitor, we know that the HSPA+ cost structure is not sustainable for scalable mobile broadband services. So HSPA is a Band-Aid for carriers who are using it until they get to a full IP network, which will change the cost structure." T-Mobile USA has recently indicated that it is exploring partnerships to help with its 4G network roll out.

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DE 2 Philly

May 10, 2010, 12:21 PM

----- Great INFO on Wimax vs. LTE -----

Wimax and LTE are not competing against each other. There is no winner/loser. They are not made to destroy each other. Wimax is going nowhere. Ultimately wimax will have more coverage. Why? Because cities will use wimax for everything from parking meters to free wimax. Cable companies will use it as last mile of service. Walmart will use it for connections from store to store. Every corporation will use it to replace wifi and a wimax phone will be able to use all those towers for free. That is the wonderful thing about wimax. The standard says any app, any device, and any founding carrier. LTE is only a cellphone standard, only going to be used by cellphones. Comparing them is like comparing current 3g cdma to wifi. Completely different uses...
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Exactly, sadly many people who favor LTE and bash Wimax haven't a clue. Wimax is optimized for heavy video and data use, as well as online gaming. Sprint will be pushing data, data, data, like never before. Data will be taking the place of voice, the ...
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Any place for further reading to backup this info? Sounds like a good read honestly. Got citation? Smile
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Ultimately, I guess we will see. I envision issues with having only Sprint as its major backer in the US. BTW, I find the articles' reference to T-Mo's HSPA+ pretty funny, seeing as how it smoked Clearwire's WiMax at their tech demo in Philly. Not ...
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With all of the 4G bandwidth Sprint/Clear owns they don't have to choose between the two. They can deploy both and still have more spectrum than anyone else for both LTE and WIMAX. If LTE is the network of choice for cell phone type users then they ca...
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DE 2 Philly said:
Every corporation will use it to replace wifi and a wimax phone will be able to use all those towers for free.

Since you're claiming WiMax is going to be totally free, do you have a date that Clear...
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mikeyarel

May 10, 2010, 12:19 PM

HSPA is consider a 4g technology????

Or still being 3G...
It is 3g on steroids (HSPA+ is up to 21mbps). I kind of compare it to DSL.
Disrespect

May 10, 2010, 12:18 PM

T-mobile

I was thinking the first thing when T-mobile said that as well about a week or two ago.

I think it would be the perfect move for T-mobile. Which then can spew a merger with Sprint and T-mobile if DT is still looking to spin off T-mobile from DT. Hence T-mobile and Sprint would be on the same technology allowing a possible merger to strengthen competition in tough markets against the current duopoly AT&T and Verizon.
Sprint seems to be making the right moves to become part of a triopoly. The problem with bringing T-Mobile into Sprint's fold or bringing Sprint into T-Mo's fold is the incredible amount of legacy customers using the older technologies. (GSM, HSPA, EV...
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