Clearwire Testing VoIP Over WiMax in Portland, Oregon

By: VoIP Weblog
Clearwire Testing VoIP Over WiMax in Portland, Oregon
Photo © StuSeeger

Clearwire is currently running a trial of VoIP phones in Portland, Oregon, with the aim of launching mobile voice services in 2010, according to Multichannel News' Todd Spangler.

"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)."

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