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Clearwire Sets Up Development Network in Silicon Valley

It's a 4G WiMax 'sandbox' for developers

Clearwire, hoping to generate enthusiasm among Silicon Valley software developers, has created a “developer network” there to give interested techies a 4G WiMax application test environment.

The coverage footprint includes campuses of Intel and Google, which support the network and have their own 4G application development programs. Cisco’s campus is planned for coverage.

Clearwire said this network is a precursor to commercial service planned for the San Francisco area next year. It covers 20 square miles in Santa Clara, Mountain View and parts of downtown Palo Alto. Service will be free to some qualified developers leading up to commercial launch.

CTO John Saw states in the announcement that the company sees big potential for mobile broadband to be a catalyst for new Internet apps. It says developers can expect peak download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, with average download speeds of 3 to 6 Mbps. “In contrast, some of today’s 3G wireless networks typically deliver download speeds of between 600 kbps – 1.4 Mbps.”

Bright House, Comcast, Sprint and Time Warner Cable are also involved.