Clearwire Launches 4G Service in Five More Cities

Clearwire this week rolled out its 4G mobile broadband service to five new markets just in time for the expected Cyber Monday shopping frenzy.

Company officials said service is now available in Los Angeles, Miami, Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio, bringing its total number of metropolitan markets covered to 68. Clearwire says its high-speed wireless Internet service is now available for more than 103 million people in the U.S.

"It is only fitting that on Cyber Monday, the busiest online shopping day of the year, consumers can now access their favorite retail websites while on-the-go," said Allan Lamb, a Clearwire regional general manager, said in a statement. "Today consumers can get a jump on their holiday shopping while out and about the city, whether at a park or commuting on the bus. We're excited to offer mobile internet that's both affordable and without data limits."

Clearwire also said it plans to roll out commercial 4G service in the San Francisco and surrounding communities by Dec. 28.

As it continues its massive multibillion-dollar investment to build out a nationwide 4G network, Clearwire has managed to steadily add customers looking for high-speed wireless connectivity that isn't limited by proximity to Wi-Fi hotspots but still remains far from profitable.

In March, the company told attendees at the CTIA conference that it had roughly 700,000 customers and would need at least another 18 months to two years of steady customer growth to reach profitability.

ABI Research predicts more than 1 billion customers will be using WiMAX 4G technology by the end of 2012 while LTE will serve another 600 million subscribers.

Clearwire officials said customers in the new markets can access service that delivers 6 Mbps download speeds and up to 1 Mbps upload speeds for $25 a month.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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