Sprint Cranks Up WiMax Deployments

By Roy Mark  |  Posted 2009-03-25 Print this article Print

Tracking its WiMax partner Clearwire's deployment plans for a 4G wireless broadband network, Sprint Nextel targets nine cities in 2009 for the high-speed service that promises last-mile wireless broadband access and faster download speeds than current cellular networks.

Sprint Nextel -- the first national carrier to test, launch and market 4G technology -- said March 25 it plans to extend its 2009 WiMax reach with deployments in nine cities. Sprint launched the nation's first WiMax deployment in Baltimore in September 2008 before spinning off its WiMax Xohn division into Clearwire's 4G operations.

Cities scheduled for Sprint's next WiMax service -- now simply known as Sprint 4G -- include
closely mirror Clearwire's March 25 announcement that it plans to roll out 4G WiMax networks in eight cities in 2009

"The availability of Sprint 4G in more places this year and our aggressive expansion of Sprint 4G service demonstrates our commitment to provide 4G capabilities and devices nationwide for our business, consumer and government customers," Todd Rowley, vice president of Sprint 4G, said in a statement. "These capabilities enable significantly enhanced performance and productivity for our customers."

As Sprint transitions it customers from existing 2G and 3G services, Sprint is offering a 3G/4G USB modem. Sprint is also planning on introducing a single-mode 4G data card, embedded laptops, a small-office/home-office broadband modem and a tri-mode phone.


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