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said by Telco:Clear simply cut corners on their deployment. Instead of deploying equipment to enough building-tops, towers, etc. they tried pushing the limits of their cell sizes, AND refused to use their spectrum assets properly. As shown above, they had a ton of spectrum, yet they deployed on 10mhz and 20mhz, and then capped the speeds on top of that (1.5mbps upload cap? really? why?). So people had poor reception, higher latency than they should have, and slow speeds for "4g". As soon as T-Mobile upgraded to HSPA+, their network beat Wimax in just about every single speed test (and my TMO and ATT devices on HSPA *still* outperform my Sprint device on Wimax).
Clear's 2.5GHz is little match for 700MHz in terms of raw coverage. It would take clear about 4 to 5 times the cell tower to cover the same areas as 1 700Mhz AT&T/Verizon cell.
Some of their base stations, which are spotty as it is, have less than a mile radius worth of coverage. Whereas, I have been able to hit a VZ LTE tower over 6 miles away.
Not to mention, both Sprint and Clear have gone for TD-LTE, which means the coverage has a GSM type hard distance cap.
The spectrum used isn't much of an issue. Proper deployment is what really matters. And Clear simply rolled out a shoddy network.
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said by CaptainRR:Your premise on the right track, but Clearwire is closer to being a company like RCN (bankrupt) than a Tmobile or Sprint.. and probably RCN had deeper pockets than Clearwire (in the beginning) but hit regulatory roadblock after roadblock.. then the venture capital money got sucked back into the wallet. You have to remember tech money isn't as big as OIL money.. and the average tech venture capitalist (aside from anomolies like Facebook, Vonage) don't go out of their way to rip off consumers.. a further distinction.. the rest of the wireless industry?
If Clearwire only deploys these kind of speeds in the core parts of major cities what difference will it make. By than at&t and Verizon ought to be built out nationwide. Upgrading to LTE advance wont be a big deal for the major two carriers with big pockets. Time will tell?
said by 25139889:It's also been proven that Verizon is losing landlines at a much slower rate (and gaining broadband subscribers) in FiOS areas. While the FiOS penetration rate may not be what Verizon had hoped it is rising slowly but surely in areas that have had FiOS for awhile. Of course state commissions would not have given Verizon the permission for POTS replacement that has been given to some smaller telcos so FiOS (undoubtedly will replace POTS in some areas some day) is not really a typical overbuild. Telcos will either adopt more advanced technologies such as FTTH, VDSL2, or high speed fixed wireless broadband or maybe sooner than you think go out of business. Clearwire may have a chance to build a first class TD-LTE Advanced network but their record and cash may make that a long shot bet.
It's not crap. Overbuilding does NOT work. - proven time and time again.