CLEAR™ Atlanta launched early in May to their second market Atlanta. There are plans for other locations to open by the end of 2009. CLEAR™ is a division of Clearwire that offers 4G high speed Internet to Atlanta subscribers covering most of metro Atlanta with Clear. Both mobile devices and home modems are available at low prices. The system CLEAR™ uses is called Wimax, most new laptop computers will be made available with the Intel Wimax Chip as a standard feature. The people in Metro Atlanta will simply call CLEAR™ in Atlanta and activate over the phone with the number assigned to the chip.
Wimax offers the speed of DSL and T-1’s, just without the cumbersome connection of phone lines. The Wimax service is available in Atlanta in a mobile and home configuration. Wimax will soon compliment VOIP. CLEAR™ has been offering this system exclusively in Atlanta since early May with home plans and mobile plans. Broadband speeds without the sluggishness of 3G. Business Atlanta is proud to offer Clears product to Atlanta. Clear/Business Atlanta covers the following areas, Duluth, Suwanee, Lawrenceville, Decatur, Tucker, Emory, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Midtown, Cumming, Braselton, Alpharetta, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Lithonia, Norcross, Stone Mountain, Buford, Fayette, Smyrna, Grayson, Sugar Hill and the Atlanta Metro Area with Wimax 4G Service.
By Sue Mereck
A little more than a month after Clear's mobile WiMAX service became available in Atlanta, the company has officially "launched" the 4G service and is marketing it to consumers. The company is offering Monthly Mobile Internet plans or consumers can buy a day pass.
The CLEAR™ service in Atlanta uses Motorola WiMAX equipment and customers can get the service if they purchase either a Motorola USB modem or residential modem. The USB modem is available for purchase or can be leased. The residential modem is available for purchase or can be leased as well.
Other options available to CLEAR™ subscribers include the CLEAR™ Spot--a WiFi device that can connect to Clear's mobile WiMAX network--and numerous embedded WiMAX laptops.
Clear's WiMAX service has only been available in Portland, Ore., since the beginning of January, but other rollouts are planned for Las Vegas, Chicago and Dallas later this year. Mobile WiMAX service that was running under the Sprint Xohm brand in Baltimore will also be merged under the CLEAR™ brand at a later date.
Although a full commercial launch is planned for later this summer, residents of Atlanta, Georgia are now able to sign up for Clear's high-speed mobile WiMAX service.
WiMAX service is now available for most of the Atlanta metro area. Up until now, Clear's WiMAX service has only been available in one other market, Portland, OR, since the beginning of January. CLEAR™ has other WiMAX markets planned for Las Vegas, Chicago and Dallas later this year. Mobile WiMAX service available in Baltimore under Sprint's Xohm brand will also be merged under the CLEAR™ moniker at some point in the future.
Sources with Clearwire were not available for comment, but have indicated that CLEAR™ service is now being sold in Atlanta as part of its operational readiness activities. This is necessary to test out the network and finalize other logistics. The announcement of store locations and other marketing activities are planned as part of the full commercial launch later this summer.
The coverage maps are extensive and indicate that most of the metro Atlanta area has been covered.
US WiMAX provider Clearwire officially launched its CLEAR™ WiMAX service in Atlanta on Tuesday. The Atlanta metro area receives the distinction of becoming the largest Internet hot spot in the US with service available to three million people across 1,200 square miles.
The announcement on Tuesday follows the soft launch of the city a little over a month ago. The launch will officially kick off early today with festivities planed at Atlantic Station located in midtown Atlanta, including a CLEAR-branded hot air balloon and live demonstrations of WiMAX products and services. In addition, CLEAR™ and Intel will announce plans to provide dozens of embedded WiMAX laptops based on Intel® Centrino® 2 processor technology, as well as netbooks based on Intel® Atom™ processors, with CLEAR™ service to Atlanta Public Schools before the start of the next school year. Residents of Atlanta are able to http://www.clearwirelessatlanta.com
"By delivering broadband connectivity to people, and not just places, we now offer Atlanta the freedom to enjoy super-fast Internet access wherever they go in our coverage area," said Marc Brachman, General Manager of Atlanta market for Clearwire. "Whether it's a busy parent who wants full Internet connectivity in the back of the family minivan, a small business owner looking to conduct online video chats with customers from the field, a person looking to access entertainment sites like Hulu without being tied to a fixed-location, or a college student simply looking for one Internet service provider to meet their needs at home and on-the-go, CLEAR™ delivers. We're providing a valuable, new kind of Internet service designed to make our customers' lives more enjoyable and more productive, wherever they happen to be in our coverage area."
As part of a multi-year network build-out plan, Clearwire's 4G network will be available in major metropolitan areas across the United States. In addition to Atlanta, mobile WiMAX is already available in Baltimore, Maryland, and Portland, Oregon. Clearwire plans to officially launch service in Las Vegas later this summer (although service is already currently available on its website).
The company plans to bring CLEAR™ to 80 markets and up to 120 million people by the end of 2010. Some of the additional markets planned to launch in 2009 include Chicago, Charlotte, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Honolulu, Philadelphia, and Seattle. Some of the additional markets planned to launch in 2010 include New York, Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston and the San Francisco Bay Area.
It should be interesting to see how the Clearwire Atlanta launch unfolds in the coming months, especially on AT&T's home turf and its aggressive marketing of its own mobile broadband offerings. The key for success with Clearwire will be in "clearly" differentiating the performance advantages of its WiMAX network relative to AT&Ts 3G network.