Clear Communications is refuting claims by rivals about its Clear Wireless service, saying the market will decide which technology will win out.
“We’re offering different wireless services for different markets and it’s up to customers to decide which service suits their needs,” says public affairs manager Ross Inglis. Clear’s new service will compete head-on with companies like Radionet and Walker Wireless, offering “cheap and cheerful” high-speed Internet access with few frills. “LMDS [local multipoint distribution service] is a higher-end product that would replace the local loop for many companies. It will carry voice and data services,” says Inglis. He says there is little cross-over between LMDS and Clear Wireless and they will appeal to different market segments. LMDS circumvents the local loop using microwave technology. Clear Wireless uses radio spectrum in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz frequency range and allows for speeds of up to 2Mbit/s for data transfer. Walker Wireless and Radionet say the move by Clear to launch a non-LMDS service means that technology is too expensive, but Inglis denies that.