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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – Sprint and Clearwire, following up on an initial announcement in August, will launch high-speed “4G” wireless broadband services in North Carolina markets in November.

The Triangle, the Triad and Charlotte are included.

Sprint (and Clearwire ( will offer separate services but will utilize Clearwire’s WiMax technology.

Other cities where the service is to be rolled next month out include Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas. Service will launch in Hawaii in December.

Sprint plans to have service in more than 30 markets, including Atlanta, by the end of the year.

The Sprint and Clearwire rollouts make North Carolina one of the first major battlegrounds for 4G service since Time Warner Cable and AT&T are planning 4G or faster speed services.

Time Warner announced Road Runner Mobile last week.

Sprint is promising delivery speeds of up to 10 megabits per second with an average downlink speed of between three and six Mbps. 3G supports up to two Mbps speed.

Sprint first launched 4G in Baltimore last year.

(To compare 4G vs. 3G, check )

Sprint is rolling out a variety of hardware to support the 4G service, including mobile broadband routers.