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Furthermore, other commercial LTE networks are limited to 5MHz x 5MHz or 10MHz x 10MHz deployments that offer significantly less room to scale with rapidly growing demand. "By comparison, Clearwire will be able to deliver 40MHz x 40MHz deployments in many of these markets -- significantly above what others can offer alone," Clearwire's spokesperson said.
The goal is to become the first U.S. wireless operator to substantially boost the limits currently imposed on the LTE technologies available in the U.S. today.
"[This will] give us the advantage of offering the fastest speeds and the highest capacity network in the nation," Prusch told investors.
Multi-Flavor LTE Devices Coming
The TDD variant of LTE uses the same frequencies for the uplink and downlink rather than having to split them into separate channels.
"Using the TDD flavor of LTE enables us to dedicate more of our spectrum to downlink traffic to better serve the heavily downlink biased mobile Internet," Clearwire's spokesperson said. "And, unlike other LTE networks, we will be able to alter this downlink/uplink ratio in the future depending on how usage evolves on the mobile Internet."
One problem facing Clearwire is TDD-LTE incompatibility with the FDD-LTE variants already deployed by rivals AT&T and Verizon. However, Clearwire's spokesperson said the company expects to see multi-flavor LTE devices coming down the pike from mobile device manufacturers.
Moreover, Prusch said he expects Sprint to be a key partner in furthering Clearwire's TDD-LTE system by deploying several compatible devices throughout 2013.
"We've also made solid progress with chipset vendors and OEMs and expect to have additional details to share in the near future," Prusch added.
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