FCC Considers Wider Channels For Clearwire. Considerable Boost In Speeds May Follow

If Clearwire gets their way after June 9th, there’s going to be a huge shindig going on by their customers.  June 9th marks the date when Clearwire will present a number of proposals to the FCC and one of them includes requesting permission to use wider channels on the 2.5 GHz spectrum.  In doing so, this will deliver highly considerable and noticeable speeds to Clearwire customers.  As of now Clearwire is bound to use 5.5 MHz channels with their wireless network.  The company is proposing that they use channel capacities more in the rang of 20 MHz.  This would be great because Clearwire can use all the help they can get. Back in January we saw the potential that Clearwire posed if they were able to operate on 20 MHz channels.  The video below shows their trial run on some test spectrum.  The company was hitting speeds in the 80-90 mb/s range.  Sick!  So, what do you think?  It would seem that the move is definitely in the best interest of the customer.  So why would the FCC deny such a move?  Feel free to plug away in the comments below.
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  • Brett6781

    My question is that since it is a different bandwith, is it still compatible with current WiMax tech in deployment now. Much like how WiMax 2 which can get 300 Mb/s is backwards compatible with the EVO for example.

  • Drone

    Yes this Would be fully backwards compatible for all sprint 4G phones. This only changes how the signal is broadcasted so its a firmware change and not equipment.

  • http://unixzen.com Alexander von Gluck

    50Mbit/s doesn’t mean much to me if I can only download 8GB/Month before being throttled down to 0.25MBit/s

    Given the speeds above and their known throttle, it would take 18 minutes of downloading to hit their cap. Puts things in prospective… doesn’t it?