Clearwire Testing VoIP Over WiMax in Portland, Oregon
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"The test could open the door for cable partners to offer their own wireless phone services, as an extension of their wireline VoIP," Spangler notes.
"The VoIP-over-WiMAX technology is vitally important to cable carriers invested in Clearwire, as it offers them mobile options for bundling to more effectively compete with AT&T and Verizon," writes FierceVoIP's Doug Mohney. "Clearwire investors Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Bright House Networks have the option to buy WiMAX access services from Clearwire on a wholesale basis. MSOs could conceivably offer wireless phone services as a simple extension of their existing wireline VoIP offerings; it would just be matter of routing the packets from one IP network (cable broadband) to another one (WiMAX broadband)."