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Clearwire to launch in 10 new markets by next month

Mon, 08/03/2009 - 8:25am
Mike Robuck

Clearwire said today it will deploy its 4G WiMAX service in 10 new locations by Sept.1, including eight in Texas and one each in Idaho and Washington State.

Clearwire said it will be serving up its Clear 4G services in Abilene, Amarillo, Corpus Christi, Lubbock, Midland/Odessa, Killeen/Temple, Waco and Wichita Falls on Sept. 1, which are all in Time Warner Cable’s Texas footprint. During last week’s earnings call, Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said Time Warner Cable would resell the Clear service in Dallas and Charlotte, N.C., as well as two unnamed markets.

Clearwire also said the WiMAX-based service would be available in Boise, Idaho, and Bellingham, Wash., which are both markets served by Comcast, on Sept. 1.

Last week, Comcast said it was rolling Clear into Atlanta, with Chicago, Philadelphia and other areas launching later this year.

Today’s press release from Clearwire said that other launches this year include Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas, Seattle, Honolulu and Philadelphia.

Clearwire has already launched mobile WiMAX in Atlanta, Baltimore, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore., and it expects to spend between $1.5 billion and $1.9 billion this year to expand its network.

In 2010, Clearwire plans to launch the 4G service in New York (Time Warner Cable), Boston (Comcast), Washington, D.C. (Comcast), Houston (Comcast) and the San Francisco Bay Area (Comcast), among others. Clearwire has a goal of bringing Clear to 80 markets and up to 120 million customers by the end of next year.

Last year, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Sprint Nextel, Intel and Google invested $3.2 billion in Clearwire. The partnership gives the cable operators the ability to offer a wireless service that competes with services from Verizon and AT&T.

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•  Verizon Wireless expands 3G reach in New York
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