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Portland WiMAX is Live

As if the CES frenzy wasn’t enough, Clearwire officially launched its WiMAX service in Portland today, kicking off the new Clear network. Motorola is heavily involved, providing both infrastructure equipment, the WAP450 access point, and consumer devices, the CPEi 150 and the award-winning USBw 100 laptop adaptor.

I tried a prototype of the USB adaptor back in September and had a blast blogging and tweeting from the Smart Home in Chicago. I’m hoping to get back on WiMAX in the Motorola booth at CES.

For more WiMAX context, check out my interview with Motorola’s Fred Wright from last November.

4 Responses

  1. [...] question is how much and how quickly 4G broadband rollouts will change the geographic picture. Will WiMAX happen fast enough here to build a diverse mobile broadband ecosystem – a range of devices and services – in the next 12 to [...]

  2. Some Portlanders are wondering if it is to blame for recent rash of XM radio outages.
    http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_011609_news_xm_reception.d575a79.html
    XM radio operates two satellites, cleverly nicknamed Rock and Roll which operate between 2333 and 2344 MHz; when you factor in intermodulation distortion, this could indeed be an issue.
    The other problem could be that XM finally reduced the power output of their terrestrial repeaters which have been frequently cited by the FCC as broadcasting above authorized power levels. WiMAX vendors have been howling for this to happen for some time and, if it now has, XM could be finding themselves unable to provide the same level of coverage.

  3. [...] market (powered exclusively by Motorola’s WiMAX radio access network equipment). Since launching in January, Clearwire has likely gained between 15,000 and 20,000 new WiMAX subscribers in the Oregon [...]

  4. [...] WiMAX market with today’s introduction of Clear mobile WiMAX service in Atlanta. Like its counterpart in Portland, the Clearwire network in Atlanta runs on Motorola radio infrastructure equipment – the [...]

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