CTIA Wireless — Consumers and businesses wanting faster mobile broadband will have it in seven more cities some time this year.
Clearwire Corp. (CLWR), the nation’s most well-known 4G operator, said on Tuesday it will expand its WiMAX network into Cincinnati, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Miami, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City and St. Louis. The company earlier this year said it would launch 4G services in Boston, Denver, Kansas City, Houston, Minneapolis, New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. throughout 2010. Clearwire’s CLEAR service already is available in 27 markets.
The expansion announcement is good news for Clearwire, of course, and also for its service provider partners. Shares of Sprint Nextel Corp. (S), for example, jumped nearly 4 percent in afternoon trading on Tuesday on word the wireless carrier will be able to offer WiMAX service in more areas. If Sprint gets 4G right, in terms of subscribers, revenue and customer service, it could offset the declines it’s seeing in its pre- and post-paid mobile divisions.
Meantime, Clearwire also said it will introduce a new Dell netbook for the CLEAR network. The device will go on sale on April 1 for $249.99 after instant rebates. And, the much-anticipated upcoming Apple Inc. iPad will run just fine on the Clearwire 4G network, Clearwire made sure to note.