KIRKLAND, Wash., PHILADELPHIA, and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., April 20, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Clearwire (NASDAQ: CLWR), Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCASA) and Sprint (NYSE: S) today announced a significant expansion of the Clearwire 4G network footprint and key capacity upgrades for mobile broadband customers in the greater Washington D.C. metro area. The regional CLEAR®, XFINITY™ Internet 2go and Sprint 4G service area has added coverage for an additional 288,067 people. Now, more than 2.81 million people in the Washington D.C. area have access to Clearwire’s 4G mobile broadband network. This expansion represents new coverage since Clearwire’s initial launch on June 1, 2010.
Enhanced capacity and expanded coverage can be experienced in the following communities: Washington, DC; Beltsville, Bethesda, Bowie, Camp Springs, Chillum, Clinton, Colesville, College Park, Friendly, Fort Washington, Gaithersburg, Germantown, Hillcrest Heights, Marlow Heights, Mitchellville, Oxon Hill-Glassmanor, Potomac, Silver Spring, South Laurel, Wheaton-Glenmont, MD; Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Centreville, Chantilly, Fairfax, Franconia, Great Falls, Herndon, Merrifield, Mount Vernon, North Springfield, Oakton, Reston, and Yorkshire, VA.
“The expansion of Clearwire’s 4G coverage and capacity since our initial launch provides our customers a more robust network to better meet the rapidly growing demand for mobile broadband connectivity,” said Mike Nash, regional general manager for Clearwire. “Consumers, government officials and businesses have all recognized the important advantages of unlimited mobile broadband usage and we are committed to providing the best service experience in Washington, D.C. and anywhere within the Clearwire 4G network.”
“This is great news for Sprint 4G customers in the D.C. area,” said Iyad Tarazi, Sprint vice president-Development and Engineering. “Sprint launched 4G in 2008 and today we offer over a dozen 4G devices and these service enhancements will ensure an even better 4G experience.”
“Comcast continues to drive innovation in the market by giving customers ways to extend its services to anywhere they work, live and play,” said Tom Coughlin, regional senior vice president for Comcast. “The expansion of XFINITY Internet 2go in the Washington, D.C. area is another example of our focus in providing customers with an enhanced experience.”
4G customers in these cities will be able to increase their mobility and productivity in many ways: from instantly downloading large files to get work done on the run, browsing the Web just like at home from across the city, or watching online videos and movies while travelling in the family car around town. A variety of 4G devices are available from both service providers.