Clear, first 4G network launched

Clearwire and Intel have teamed up to produce the world's first 4G network that launched on January 6, 2009, in Portland, Oregon. The network called Clear allows consumers and businesses the chance to connect wirelessly anywhere in Portland at true broadband speeds.

WiMax is the new technology used on the network, delivers speeds up to 6mbps download using a WiMax-enabled USB modem that plugs directly into their laptops, while mobile users can expect speeds up to 4mbps download. The Motorola modem retails for $49.99 either in store or online, or users can lease the WiMax-enabled USB in home modem that connects to any outlet and a USB port in either their laptop or desktop PC, for as little as $4.99 a month.

Clear™ provides solutions to everyone with no signing contracts where users can purchase the service by the day or by the month. Service plans start from as little as $20 a month for home users, while their mobile Internet plans start from $30 a month. Additional savings are available to costumer's that purchase both the mobile and home service, with a two year agreement. Customers may also purchase a day pass for $10.

Clearwire's 4G network will be available in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. Clearwire's network is currently only available in Baltimore, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon. Baltimore's network will be re-branded from XOHM to Clear in the coming months. Today marked the grand opening events at the Clear retail stores, starting at 9 am to noon.

Link: Clearwire Homepage

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We've had WiMax in Pakistan for an year now!! We have over 3 WiMax providers with another one coming up soon.

There are a lot of WiMax operators around the world. We have Yota in Russia with HTC MAX 4G released exclusively to them.

Whow! Clearwire has been testing Wimax technology sinds 2004 in Brussels ... And in 2007/2008 they launched the service --> www.clearwire.be but as you can see on the site the speed are not that great but it has unlimited bandwidth.

Not a first time like many other said.

Telstra's Next G mobile phone network here in Australia already is capable of 12 mbps speeds and they'll be upping the speed it to 24 mbps soon, the network also reaches 99% of the Australian population.

Pitty the things that we do down here largely go unnoticed.

(Ps. it's also a pity that Telstra are a$$holes)

M2Ys4U said,
4G is yet to be standardised. WiMax is pre-4G

Besides, there's a German WiMax network. Hardly a world-first.


4G is a generic term with no fixed definition. You're thinking of LTE which is GSM's path to 4G. There's also UMB which is cdmaOne's upgrade path (not to be confused with CDMA, the air interface) and WiMax which is a whole new standard. All three are considered 4G technologies, but given the lack of a precise definition of 4G, this is debatable.


MrA said,

4G is a generic term with no fixed definition. You're thinking of LTE which is GSM's path to 4G. There's also UMB which is cdmaOne's upgrade path (not to be confused with CDMA, the air interface) and WiMax which is a whole new standard. All three are considered 4G technologies, but given the lack of a precise definition of 4G, this is debatable.


very good point.. tough to see this 6mbps wimax as 4G when HSPA usb modems in north american that connect at 7.2mbps (i'm sure even faster in other parts of the world) are referred to as 3G.

also, maybe i'm confused, but it seems that there are several wimax implementations available around the world, but not all of them are really standardized? nor are any used for cell phones (besides in russia of course)?