November 12th, 2009
I�m trying out Clear WiMax mini Bay Area �Innovation network� right now and have to say, the speeds aren�t bad! I only get 4 out of 10 bars reception but was able to pull in pretty nice downloads speeds of 4.5 MBit down.
Considering this test line is supposed to be only 1MBit/sec and that I’m not supposed to be in the reception range (I guess being on the 10th floor helps) ,this is quite impressive.
Sadly there is no Snow Leopard driver yet, so for now I’m running the USB modem in Windows 7 only.
Update: Looks like this is as fast as it can get. Downtown Palo Alto with full reception (10 out of 10 bars) on a pretty empty WiMax 4G network:
7mbit down over the air
Update2: It is disappointing though in the bigger picture when you compare the US wireless situation with other countries. This for example is Singapore’s SingTel on a standard 3G HSDPA 7.2 mBit network (via tethered iPhone 3GS):