May 14, 2009

Clearwire Inks Deal With Cisco For WiMax Products

On Wednesday, Clearwire Corp. announced that Cisco Systems Inc. has agreed to create devices capable of using a nationwide wireless data network being developed by Clearwire.

The new WiMax network is currently running in Baltimore, and Portland, Ore., although few devices are capable to run on the system.

Cisco has said it will launch a WiMax device before the end of the year under its Linksys brand.  The company didn't give specifics as to what the product would be, but most believe it will be a Wi-Fi router which connects to the Internet through WiMax.

Clearwire has also agreed to buy its networking equipment from Cisco, the world's largest networking company.

Samsung Electronics Co. and Motorola Corp. have also agreed to develop products for Clearwire's WiMax network.

The network, which has been compared to a long-range version of Wi-Fi, provides faster speeds than cellular broadband networks.

Clearwire currently charges $10 a day, or $50 per month for unlimited data usage.

The company hopes to extend WiMax to Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Dallas, Las Vegas, Seattle, Honolulu and Charlotte, N.C. this year.

WiMax will expand into even more cities in 2010.


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