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More Markets for WiMax

Adds Salem, Ore., and Milledgeville, Ga.

Clearwire’s WiMax platform has launched in Salem, Ore., and Milledgeville, Ga.

The company continues to roll out its 4G network, with services offered by various service providers depending on the market. Clearwire and its majority owner Sprint Nextel generally are seen as in a race to establish a market foothold with their WiMax system before competing LTE services, with even bigger bandwidth, can reach market.

By the end of this year, Clear hopes to have launched in 25 markets covering more than 30 million people. Current markets include big cities like Atlanta, Baltimore and Las Vegas as well as smaller markets like Amarillo, Texas, and Bellingham, Wash.

The promise of the service is that consumers and businesses will have access to mobile Internet service up to four times as fast as 3G, with average mobile download speeds of 3 to 6 Mbps with bursts over 10 Mbps. Home Internet service plans start at $25 per month, mobile Internet plans start at $35 per month; customers can purchase a day pass for $10.

The company recently launched a network in Silicon Valley to encourage application development.