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Clearwire LTE Tests Reach 90Mbps

Mobile network technology firm Clearwire has announced that is is making good progress in its 4G LTE trials being conducted in Phoenix, Arizona.

Speaking during the 4G World trade show, Michael Sievert, Clearwire's chief commercial officer, said that the company was getting close to the ultra-fast 100Mbps download speed on the Long Term Evolution 4G network it is testing in Phoenix.

The Clearwire executive said that the company had recorded download speeds of 50 Mbps using 10MHz channels, while the 20MHz channels resulted in the download speeds of 90 Mbps.

The speeds delivered by the Clearwire LTE network are significantly higher than those being offered by Verizon's LTE network, which offers the maximum mobile download speed of 8 Mbps to 12 Mbps.

However, the speeds being clocked during the Clearwire LTE trials might exaggerated as there is no traffic on the network.

“Customers don't care what the underlying technology is. They just want you to give them the speeds they want. As an industry we need to spark their imagination and show what will happen as wireless moves from narrow band to wide band,” Sievert said during the show.