Clearwire to Eventually Switch from WiMax to LTE
May 20, 2011, 11:08 AM by Eric M. Zeman
Speaking to CNet, Clearwire COO Erik Prusch indicated that the company will eventually transition its network from WiMax to Long Term Evolution. Prusch said there is no timeline for the switch, however, and that the plans aren't 100% definite. "WiMax to date has been a very good technology choice for us," he said. "We were able to take advantage of the speed to market before LTE was even a glimmer in anyone's eye. But we recognize the ecosystem in the U.S. will be larger for LTE than WiMax, so we are conscious of that. We don't believe that customers buy a technology. They buy fast and reliable access to a data network." Prusch noted that the LTE ecosystem needs more time to mature before Clearwire will switch networking technologies. Clearwire's leadership has been hinting at a switch from WiMax to LTE for more than a year, and the company has conducted LTE trials in recent months. Meanwhile, Clearwire's financials are still soft and the company continues to seek out funding despite a $1 billion commitment from Sprint.
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