Clearwire finally rolled out its WiMax service and has chosen Seattle for this maiden venture. The company, which owns a license on 2.5 GHz spectrum, uses a proprietary “pre-WiMax” technology instead of the IEEE 802.16 standard that is equated with the term, for the network.
The service offers 768 kbps downlink/256 kbps uplink speeds under the basic plan. These are about the same speeds that subscribers of cheaper DSL get. The premium service provides users with downlink speed of up to 1.5 Mbps but for the price that Clearwire charges, broadband cable operators can deliver a faster connection.