Time Warner Cable winds up WiMAX in North Carolina

Keeping to its promise of launching in four markets by the end of this year, Time Warner Cable debuted WiMAX-based services in three major North Carolina areas: Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh. In addition to North Carolina, Time Warner will bring the service to Dallas and then parts of Hawaii early next year. Leveraging Clearwire's WiMAX network, TWC will offer WiMAX service under its Road Runner Mobile brand.

TWC's latest roll out comes slightly behind Comcast, which is already offering WiMAX services through its "High-Speed 2go" brand initially in Atlanta and Portland. Comcast expects to start offering the service in its Dallas, Chicago and its hometown Philadelphia markets soon. The lone holdout in the tri-MSO Clearwire partnership is Bright House Networks, which has not launched a WiMAX service yet.

Promising speeds of up to 6 Mbps, TWC will offer customers three service packages: National Elite (an unlimited 3G/4G wireless package for $79.95 for customers that bundle their double or triple play package); Mobile Elite (unlimited mobile WiMAX access for $49.95 that is also available for customers who buy their cable modem service); and Mobile 4G Choice (a $39.95 service that caps service at 2 Gigabytes a month for customers that take one other cable service). As an added bonus, TWC says that the service will enable subscribers to remotely program their DVRs with a mobile device and store and view video.

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