WiMax Arrives in NYC

10:45 AM -- Today's the big day for WiMax in New York as Clearwire LLC (Nasdaq: CLWR) and Sprint Corp. (NYSE: S) launched their commercial services there today. (See Clearwire Turns On 4G in NYC, Clearwire Sets Big City 4G Launch Dates , Sprint: 4G Is in the Air for NYC, and Clearwire 'Finally in New York City'.)

Clearwire and Sprint also fired up WiMax in four other markets today: Tampa Bay, Fla.; Trenton, N.J.; and Hartford and New Haven, Conn.

According to Sprint, picocells played an important role in building out coverage in New York. Check out this video from Sprint about how it filled in hotspots and covered tall buildings with lamppost-mounted picocells and "upper-deck picos," supplied by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC). (See Samsung Boasts NYC Deployment.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile

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