Clearwire launches in D.C., Baltimore and Kansas City

Clearwire (NASDAQ:CLWR) continues its aggressive launch cycle. The company today announced that it launched mobile WiMAX service in Kansas City, Kan.,  Baltimore, Md., and Washington, D.C.  The company will offer an introductory promotion in all those markets, providing new customers with plans as low as $15 per month for the first two months of service with a $50 service credit.

In Kansas City, Clearwire's network covers 670 square miles, including the Kansas City International Airport. In Washington, D.C., Clearwire covers nearly 1 million people in communities as far north as Chevy Chase and Silver Spring Md., south to Alexandria Va., west to Falls Church, Va., and east to College Park, Md. In Baltimore, Clearwire covers 725 square miles and approximately 1.7 million people in the Baltimore metro area. 

In related news, Clearwire also responded to inquiries from GigaOM about the ease in which it could switch from mobile WiMAX technology to LTE, should it decide it wanted to make the switch. The company recently revised its WiMAX-exclusive technology agreement with Intel, thereby giving it the option of adopting LTE. Although it has not said it plans to make the switch until at least 2012, Susan Johnston, Clearwire spokeswoman, said that a move from WiMAX to LTE would not require additional towers, nor would it require a change to the company's core networks, wide-area network or backhaul.

For more:
- see this release on Kansas City
- see this release on Baltimore
- see this release on Washington, DC
- see this GigaOM post

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