A very interesting rumor has turned up on Gigaom concerning Clearwire. Clearwire along with Sprint is the only firm in the country that is betting on WiMax. The bet looked much better a few years back when WiMax was expected to significantly beat LTE to market.
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The edge to market is one of the few places where WiMax is better than LTE. With WiMax still only being offered in very limited areas, that edge is eroding as LTE networks are set to start coming online later this year and in early 2011. I expect that the reality for the vast majority of us is that the LTE and WiMax networks will land in your city about the same time.
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Clearwire apparently sees the writing on the wall and is making moves that will potentially allow it to dump WiMax and use LTE technology. Clearwire changed its terms agreement with Intel, one of the largest backers of WiMax to pave the way for a move to LTE if desired. The new terms allow either party to exit the agreement with only 30 days notice. Previously Clearwire was tied to LTE until November 28, 2011.