Clearwire Communications has launched its CLEAR 4G WiMAX Innovation Network in Silicon Valley to serve as an application test environment. The developer network will cover more than 20 square miles in Santa Clara, Mountain View and parts of downtown Palo Alto, California.

The coverage footprint includes the local campuses of Intel and Google, two founding Innovation Network supporters who have also commenced their own internal 4G application development programs. Cisco’s campus will receive coverage in the coming months as the network expands.

“Our goal is to harness the concentration of developer talent in Silicon Valley and accelerate the pace at which these disruptive services are being developed,” said John Saw, CTO of Clearwire.

Bright House, Comcast, Sprint, and Time Warner Cable also will join Clearwire, Cisco, Intel, and Google as partners in the Innovation Network.

"Comcast is pleased to support this development program to spur further innovation with 4G capabilities,” said Tom Nagel, Comcast’s SVP and GM for wireless. “The initiative is consistent with our own commitment and efforts to encourage developers to leverage open standards such as Tru2way."

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