CLEAR 4G WiMax Developer Conference

Posted by Peter Kellner on March 03, 2010 · 2 mins read

Yesterday, I went to the CLEAR 4G WiMax Conference at the San Jose Convention Center.  It’s the second conference like this I’ve been to.  The first one was last October and was hosted by Sprint called the Sprint 2009 Open Developers Conference.

My take away is that fast broadband is coming, it’s coming fast (meant as a pun) and us developers need to make sure we are building apps to take advantage of it!

As usual, Newton Chan (Professor Foothill College) sniffed out the perfect place to be to get free stuff.  CLEAR gave away 20 4G devices and lucky for me I was second on line.  The devices they gave us covered 3 areas not to far from where I live so I drove this morning to one of those areas and tested my new card. OMG!!! Check out the speed!  I could get really use to this.  1.99Mbps Down, 1.01 Mbps up.  That’s about 7 times faster than I normally get with 3G.


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So,   if you are like me, you go to these conferences and listen to the presenter with one ear, and work on something else with everything else.  At the closing key note, Dow Draper, Vice President Product development at CLEARWIRE said several things that really got my attention so I thought I’d list them.  I can’t guarantee them as facts, but very interesting.

  • He would only talk 20 minutes instead of the full hour since he knew he was between us and foot (Thanks Dan)
  • Based on bill scraping data CLEAR has, IPhones on average use about 200MB/Month of download.  CLEAR expects 7.5 GIG per month when WiMAX gets adopted
  • WiMAX costs 10% of what the current 3G network costs.  I don’t know what this means at all, but it sure got my attention.

That’s it for now.  It will be a 4G world soon.. I can’t wait.