2013 is a long way off yet, but Clearwire is starting to provide a few specific details about its forthcoming LTE network. Yesterday Clearwire announced that its initial launch would include 31 cities, focusing on “Hot Zones,” or large, high-demand markets. Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle were all specifically named. The other 26 markets are, sadly, still anyone’s guess.
It is quite interesting that Clearwire is choosing to go with a delayed massive roll-out rather than a “get it out as quickly as possible” strategy, given how far behind it is and how little financial wiggle room it has. Erik Prusch, President and CEO of Clearwire may have given us a little glimpse into the why, while also bragging on his upcoming network.
“Our new 4G network will show that not all LTE networks are created equal. Clearwire’s LTE Advanced-ready network will deploy our deep spectrum resources for the next great era in mobile broadband in which capacity is king. We’re positioned to bring much needed capacity on a wholesale basis to address the unbridled demand for mobile data and the scarcity of spectrum in major urban and suburban markets.”