Largest US WiMAX deployment is official

As Clearwire announced just one month ago Atlanta, Georgia's WiMAX network has officially launched, and is the biggest United States deployment of the 4G technology to date, covering some 1,200 square miles with more than 400 cell sites.

Like Clearwire's Portland WiMAX network, Atlanta's core network equipment from access points to consumer equipment has been supplied by Motorola. Future deployments, however, will be built upon Cisco equipment, Clearwire announced early last May.

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Clear has Home Internet plans beginning at $20 per month, and Mobile Internet plans that start at $40 per month, and offers daily passes for $10. Subscribers can buy their 4G modems outright or lease them monthly. The Motorola USB modem costs $59.99 or $4.99 per month, and the residential WiMAX modem which can be fixed with a voice adapter for IP-based telephony costs $79.99 or $4.99 monthly. The voice adapter costs an additional $15 and an unlimited calling plan tacks on $24.99 per month.

The Clear Spot (no relation to the Captain Beefheart album of the same name) is a portable WiMAX hotspot which connects to the 4G network and can share the connection via 802.11b/g Wi-Fi with up to 8 devices.

Later this summer, Clear's Las Vegas network will officially be launched.

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