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WiMAX Deal "Clears" Linux for Takeoff

Dec 03, 2008, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])

"Announced in early May, the spin-off combines the WiMAX-ready 2.5GHz spectrum from Sprint Nextel and Clearwire under the Clearwire name, enabling "100MHz or more of optimal 4G spectrum in most markets across the U.S.," says Clearwire. The new mobile WiMAX "4G" services will be deployed over the next two years and offer average download speeds of 2-4Mbps, with much faster peak rates, claims Clearwire. The services will be branded under the name "Clear," replacing Sprint Nextel's XOHM brand for the WiMAX service it rolled out last month.

"Intel places another WiMAX bet

"Clearwire also announced that it received $3.2 billion from Comcast, Intel, Time Warner Cable, Google, and Bright House Networks. Intel, which offers a combination Mobile WiMax and WiFi module, Echo Peak, has been particularly vigorous in pushing WiMAX, especially for its Linux-oriented mobile Internet device (MID) format. A recent study by Hong Kong-based research firm CCID Consulting noted that lack of broadband deployments, including WiMAX, could be a key obstacle to MID's success."

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