Clearwire: WiMAX for Chicago, Dallas in November

October 22, 2009

If you were wondering just exactly when Clearwire was going to start selling WiMAX services in the remaining cities the provider promised would launch in 2009, wonder no more — today the company announced some more-firm plans for delivery, which include November launches for Chicago and Dallas, and a December launch for Seattle.

Here are the official company press releases, one which talks about companion services offered through both Sprint and Comcast, and another that details Sprint and Clearwire plans only. A quick list is below:

Markets Clearwire Will Launch in November:
– Philadelphia (actually already selling services there)
– Chicago
– Dallas/Fort Worth
– San Antonio
– Charlotte, N.C.
– Greensboro, N.C.
– Raleigh, N.C.

December Launches:
– Seattle
– Honolulu
– Maui, Hawaii

Let it be known that we will volunteer to test the Maui service when it launches… anyone willing to sponsor our “fact-finding” trip? :-)

No word yet on when Clearwire will officially retire the Xohm operations in Baltimore and start selling Clear services there. But if it happens before the end of the year, then Clearwire will get to its planned 25 new markets for 2009.


Seattle, Boston will be LTE Trials for Verizon

July 28, 2009

We are glad someone listened to the Verizon earnings call Monday, if only to find out that Seattle and Boston would be the two places where Verizon will conduct trials of its planned Long Term Evolution (LTE) services later this year. Interesting to see the hype level on proposed LTE speeds has also died down; we’ll have to listen to the call replay to see if it is Verizon saying that LTE is expected to “provide average data speeds between 8-12 Mbps” as this article quotes.

Of course, Sidecut Reports readers aren’t surprised by those numbers! Since Clearwire has announced plans to bring its mobile WiMAX services to its hometown of Seattle before the end of year, could coffeetown offer the first real head-to-head LTE/WiMAX competition?

UPDATE: Stacey H at GigaOM has a great rundown of Verizon’s moving-target proclamations on LTE delivery dates. Can’t wait to see how much jumping around happens when they start talking pricing, devices and speeds!

On the 3G side of things, it’s great to see that Verizon and AT&T are doing meaningful things that will help improve their networks for their customers. Or at the very least, they are keeping those lawyers gainfully employed.