Clearwire and Cisco announced today an alliance designed to enhance and expand CLEAR 4G mobile WiMAX services throughout the United States. Under terms of the agreement, Clearwire has selected Cisco as its national Internet Protocol Next-Generation Network (IP NGN) core infrastructure provider, and Cisco has announced plans to build new mobile WiMAX devices for the CLEAR 4G mobile WiMAX service for the consumer, small office or home office (SOHO), and small and medium-sized business (SMB) markets.
As part of a multi-year network buildout plan with Cisco, the CLEAR 4G mobile WiMAX service will be available in major metropolitan areas across the United States. In addition, Cisco is aiming to introduce its first mobile WiMAX device later this year. Clearwire currently provides mobile WiMAX services in Baltimore and in Portland, OR, and plans to bring its CLEAR 4G service to more than 80 markets across the United States by the end of 2010.