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WiMax backer Clearwire to start LTE trials

With this move, Clearwire is shooting to be a major player in 4G tech with both WiMax and LTE. Tests are set to start in Phoenix area in early '11.

Clearwire announced plans Thursday to start trial testing 4G LTE technology this fall. The move will not only allow the company to showcase the capabilities of the technology but also allow it to "examine a variety of potential future technology combinations."

The tests will be conducted through early 2011 in the Phoenix area.

With this move, Clearwire is shooting to be a major player in 4G technology--specifically both WiMax and LTE. Until recently, Clearwire had been restricted, via a deal with Intel, from using any 4G technology other than WiMax. But that deal is dead and Clearwire, with its spectrum to handle both technologies, is setting its sight on a leadership position in the future.

Read more of "Clearwire announces LTE trials, earnings and partners; remains committed to WiMax, too" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.