Clearwire's Non-WiMax Now Non-Useful: Blocks VoIP, Streaming Media

from the wonderful dept

Craig McCaw's Clearwire wireless outfit has received plenty of attention -- mainly for being run by Craig McCaw. Late last year, Intel had to pay Clearwire to convince them to use WiMax (which, still doesn't actually exist) as the core of their wireless offering, as WiMax was proving to be increasingly less than the hype would have you believe. Earlier this month, Bell Canada made a surprise announcement, saying they would provide VoIP for Clearwire in the US -- giving the Canadian telco a way to enter the US market. Still, it appears the folks at Clearwire haven't been paying attention to the whole "network neutrality" debate or the fact that an ISP has been fined for blocking Vonage. Instead, Clearwire proudly states that they will block any application they don't like -- including non-Bell Canada VoIP and any streaming audio or video offering. In other words, Clearwire's wireless broadband is becoming close to useless, because they want to control what you can and can't do over it. They claim they need to do this "to ensure network performance reliability," but can't explain how it's okay for them to offer VoIP, but Vonage must be blocked. More importantly, if Clearwire is saying they can't have a stable network when people are doing VoIP or streaming media, it certainly raises a lot of questions about the quality of WiMax.

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    john, 8 Apr 2008 @ 7:39pm

    Clearwire obviously bit off more than they can chew

    Its quite obvious that Clearwire's network is maxed out. I'm trying to play on xbox live and its awful unless I'm playing at 1AM when most customers are off to bed. I've been screencasting my speedtests on a daily basis for evidence if I need it for court. I can tell you all that I always have a 5 LED light signal. Clearwire tells me I am in close proximity to three towers.
    From 5pm-1am I'm plagued by internet speeds ranging from 200-700 KB/s. The majority of the time its 200-400 KB/s (I'm currently suppost to be receiving 2MB/s download speeds). Thats roughly 1/5th to 1/10th of the service I'm paying for. Sound fair? Clearwire support even says that its unacceptable for a customer to not be receiving at least 75% of the service they pay for.

    Sound fair?

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