Clearwire's WiMAX goes live in Spain

Clearwire launched a WiMAX network in Malaga, Spain under the brand Instanet. The move is the operator's first in Europe.

Clearwire said the network will offer download speeds between 3 Mbps and 6 Mbps. Customers in Malaga will be able to access Clearwire's Instanet service with or without a service contract for a starting price of $43 per month to the city's 600,000 residents. Customers who acquire a combination of services such as home and mobile service will receive a lifetime 50 percent discount on their bills.

"Nearly 600,000 Malaga residents will be able to access the Internet immediately and affordably without the disadvantages or delays of traditional ADSL services," said Gilberto Sánchez, managing director of Clearwire Spain, in a release.

In October, Clearwire announced plans to offer mobile WiMAX services in the Spanish cities of Malaga and Seville this year. The company said it would be using WiMAX 802.16e infrastructure equipment from Alvarion and ZTE in the 3.5GHz band. In addition to Spain, Clearwire owns 3.5 GHz licenses in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Poland and Romania and through its affiliate in Denmark, Danske Telecom A/S.

For more:
- see this Total Telecom article
- read this FierceWirelessEurope article

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