IEEE ComSoc SCV is very fortunate to have two influential Clearwire professionals speak at our Feb 10th IEEE ComSoc-SCV meeting in Santa Clara (logistics and other details at www.comsocscv.org). The topic is: Developer Opportunities with CLEAR WiMAX 4G
Mobile WiMAX as provided by Clearwire (the CLEAR network) is also available from Sprint, Comcast, and Time Warner, under a reseller/ MVNO agreement in the United States. These “4G” wireless networks represent an opportunity for a new generation of products and services that take full advantage of mobile broadband capabilities. Ckearwure understands that the true value of 4G WiMAX will be realized through new products and services, and with this in mind is focused on enabling 3rd party applications, services and devices for the CLEAR network.
At what promises to be a very informative meeting, Clearwire's David Rees and Allen Flanagan will provide an overview of the CLEAR network, nation-wide rollout, and device plans. They will provide details on CLEAR’s Innovation Network program and how Silicon Valley developers can get discounted aircards and free 4G network access through 2010 to develop and test their 4G ideas.
Dave and Allen will also walk through the available and planned platform and device services that CLEAR will be providing including location, network session information, connection management, activation, and provisioning. Some of the use cases of these services will be described, including proactive video optimization and location-enabled services.
A lively panel session will follow these presentations. The speakers and moderator will address the role of the application developer in making mobile WiMAX and CLEAR successful. Clearwire's future plans for enabling 3rd party applications and devices will be discussed along with competition from 3G and 3.5G networks. Looking further out, we'll get Clearwire's views on IEEE 802.16m (WiMAX 2.0) vs. LTE.
David Rees drives CLEAR’s ecosystem enablement efforts, working with partners and developers to help them realize the potential of WiMAX in their products and services. The ecosystem enablement team is working to support developers through network services, platform APIs, reference implementations, workshops, and other partnering efforts. We also take the feedback and results of developers and use it to help optimize our network and platform roadmaps for developers and partners. David holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Rensselaer and has been in the technology industry for twenty years.
Allen Flanagan manages the CLEAR 4G WiMAX Innovation network program (http://developer.clear.com/innovation), a special program where CLEAR has built out an early access WiMAX network in Silicon Valley with the goal of enabling software developers and technology companies to innovate on WiMAX. He works as part of a focused team of people within Clearwire that deals with WiMAX ecosystem and partner programs. Allen has worked in the High Tech industry for over 15 years in a variety of roles from Enterprise Application development to Technology Channel Marketing. He holds a BS from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from the University of Texas.