US WiMAX specialist Clearwire has announced that it will launch operations in Seattle in December, with Comcast and Sprint to start selling 4G services across the network at launch. The announcement is part of a larger push by Clearwire and Sprint, which plan to offer WiMAX service in 25 markets by the end of the year. In addition to Seattle, the Clearwire also announced that it will turn on service in Philadelphia and Chicago in the coming weeks, before launching in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina and Austin, Dallas and San Antonio, Texas in November. Service will be added in Honolulu and Maui in early December, meeting the company’s coverage targets for the year. Clearwire plans to cover 80 markets and over 120 million people by end-2010, with launches planned for cities such as New York, Boston, Washington DC, Houston and San Francisco.
Meanwhile Clearwire took part in the WiMAX Forum Member Conference in Taipei to demonstrate the roaming capabilities of its ‘Global Partners’ scheme, connecting with its Taiwanese partners Tatung InfoComm and VMAX Telecom. The conference also highlighted the strength of the WiMAX ecosystem in Taipei, including the anticipated commercial rollout of six WiMAX networks in Taiwan by Q1 2010.