US cellco Clearwire has announced that it has launched international 4G roaming services with Japan, in association with UQ Communications. From this week, customers of both WiMAX networks will be able to sign up for a ‘Day Pass’ and use unlimited data while travelling throughout the covered markets in Japan and the United States. Financial details of the deal between the firms have not been announced.
Dave Maquera, chief strategy officer at Clearwire commented: ‘The ability to offer mobile broadband access at home and abroad will quickly become a key differentiator for wireless data providers around the world. This initial effort lays the groundwork for additional international roaming options and demonstrates Clearwire’s commitment to developing global roaming capabilities now and into the future’.
UQ Communications spokesperson Akio Nozaka added: ‘Expanding our customers’ access to true mobile broadband service in the US is an important step for UQ. Clearwire’s rapidly growing 4G footprint and unmatched spectrum position will provide our users with the speed and capacity needed for advanced wireless data services as we expand our services globally.’ UQ provides its WiMAX wireless internet service to more than 90% of the population in 15 of Japan’s largest cities, including Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya.