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Sprint's nextgen network - WiMAX

Discussion in 'GENERAL Wireless Discussion' started by xenophon, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. xenophon

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    http://www2.sprint.com/mr/news_dtl.do?id=12960

    Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today announced its plans to develop and deploy the first fourth generation (4G) nationwide broadband mobile network. The 4G wireless broadband network will use the mobile WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) IEEE 802.16e-2005 technology standard.

    Working together with Intel, Motorola and Samsung, Sprint Nextel will develop a nationwide network infrastructure as well as mobile WiMAX-enabled chipsets that will support advanced wireless broadband services for computing, portable multimedia, interactive and other consumer electronic devices. These efforts are intended to allow Sprint Nextel customers to experience a nationwide mobile data network that is designed to offer faster speeds, lower cost, and greater convenience and enhanced multimedia quality.

    The Sprint Nextel 4G mobility network will use the company's extensive 2.5GHz spectrum holdings, which cover 85 percent of the households in the top 100 U.S. markets - the most of any wireless carrier in any single spectrum band. To access that network, Sprint Nextel will work with Intel, Motorola and Samsung to incorporate WiMAX technology for advanced wireless communications and help make chipsets widely available for new consumer electronics devices, connecting consumers to the Internet and to each other while providing them with the flexibility to do what they want or need to do regardless of time or place.

    "None of us today can envision our lives without wireless connectivity or the Internet," explained Gary Forsee, president and chief executive officer of Sprint Nextel. "Sprint Nextel is taking a major step forward by linking the incredible potential of these two cornerstones of daily communications. We'll give customers the power to harness business information and personal entertainment easily and inexpensively -- and in ways that they will one day wonder how they lived without.

    This announcement is another step in Sprint Nextel's broadband mobility leadership, and we expect to establish a first-to-market next generation network advantage. We will have a unique broadband capability for meeting the growing access and mobile Internet needs of businesses, governments and consumers when and where they want."

    In working together with Intel, Motorola, and Samsung, Sprint Nextel has the experience, network infrastructure, spectrum and distribution channels to make 4G mobility services pervasive and indispensable for customers. The company's deployment plans target a launch of the advanced wireless broadband services in trial markets by the end of 2007 with plans to deploy a network that reaches as many as 100 million people in 2008. Sprint Nextel plans to expand mobile WiMAX network coverage thereafter.

    The company will continue to invest in and offer access to its current wireless and Sprint Power VisionSM mobile broadband networks to serve customer communications needs today and into the future. As evidenced by its strong data results and expanding 3G broadband network, Sprint Nextel continues its innovation and leadership in driving mobile data.
     
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    Let's See:
    1. CDMA
    2. IDEN
    Now WIMAX, What's the Real Direction?
    3 Equipment in their Towers?
     
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    So is this faster than EVDO??
     
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    Read the press release - the direction is clear.
     
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    EVDO Rev A coming later this year will peak at 3.1Mbps and average under 1Mbps. Sprint is targetting an average of 2-4Mbps for WiMAX with potential for higher peaks.

    Another advantage is that you can use any WiMAX mobile adapter, not one tied to the carrier as with EVDO. There will be potential to get instant access like most WiFi services, rather than having to setup a complex account with 2 year agreements, as with EVDO.

    Wouldn't be surprised if Intel laptop chipsets have WiMAX built-in within two years.
     
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    Just remember, like 802.11, your speed to the access point is not the weak link...it is the acutal POP connection to the internet or PSTN. Think of it this way, they have an OC-3 at a tower site (not likely, but I am being generous). That is 155 Mbps. In a metro area, they could easily have 100 users on a single sector. That is 300 users. If they all adopt and use this, that is an overhead load of 600Mbps-1.25Gbps.
     
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    Very nice this will be a good thing I can tell.
     
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    Intel has already committed to doing this next year.
     

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