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Clearwire to Eventually Switch from WiMax to LTE

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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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May 20, 2011, 12:26 PM


...In my opinion, WiMAX was a better business model for consumers. I will miss the pricing advantages and the directive of what WiMAX was based on.

John B.
That's an understatement.
Slammer said:
...In my opinion, WiMAX was a better business model for consumers.

John B.

Too bad customers didn't see it that way. Clear is now headed in the right direction. Now they need to do something about t...
Sin City

May 20, 2011, 12:00 PM

The Real Message

Without saying it, Clearwire just confirmed Sprint's 4G plans for the summer. We're going to eventually switch to LTE and sign a network sharing deal with Sprint, but we can't make it official without Sprint officially announcing their switch to LTE as well. This summer.
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