It was supposed to be 2011, but maybe 2010 will ultimately be remembered as the year of 4G.
Today, Clearwire said it completed the first phase of its nationwide mobile broadband rollout – based on WiMax technology – adding the San Francisco Bay area.
The turn-up brings it right up to the 120 million 4G points of presence it had targeted for 2010.
Connected Planet has the details:
Clearwire is now going head-to-head with Verizon Wireless, which rolled out long-term evolution (LTE) service with coverage of 110 million pops in one fell swoop last month. The two operators will be facing off marketing their own brand of ‘4G’ in many of the same markets, though their coverage footprints don’t entirely overlap. Clearwire had built WiMax networks 71 markets, many of them smaller cities where it launched its original fixed wireless broadband service. Meanwhile Verizon has focused its LTE efforts almost entirely in the major metro markets, covering some major cities Clearwire hasn’t yet reached.