Clearwire Lays Groundwork for WiMax Global Roaming
Today Clearwire and international WiMAX operators UQ Communications of Japan and Yota of Russia all agreed to work together on the business and technical pieces of their respective WiMax businesses so that they may support international roaming in the future. The idea would be to enable WiMax devices that can run not only in Clearwire's WiMax network in the U.S., but can also roam onto the networks run by UQ and Yota and vice versa. The agreement signed by all three companies is an initial step, and the companies will have to make sure their technology and business systems can fully support roaming. The three companies believe that by enabling international roaming, it will help increase and spread the adoption of WiMax as a networking technology.
Sprint's WiMax Shutdown May Halt Service for Charities
Sprint plans to deactivate its WiMax network on Nov. 6, but some charities say the change will eliminate internet service for some 300,000 Americans altogether.
Sprint Takes a Page from T-Mobile, Offers Free Roaming
Sprint today announced a new program called International Value Roaming. Customers who add International Value Roaming to their plan will be able to use mobile data and send/receive text messages for free in select countries.
Sprint Can Commence WiMax Shutdown
A Massachusetts court has given Sprint permission to turn off its WiMax network in stages over the next two months. Sprint will turn WiMax off in 16 cities, including New York, today, with 39 more to follow on February 29, and the remaining 25 cities on March 31.
Sprint Expands Number of Countries in Roaming Program
Sprint today added seven countries to its International Value Roaming program. The program lets Sprint customers roam on 2G networks in select countries for free and offers reduced-rate voice minute calling for 20 cents per minute.
Sprint Partners Making Headway in Rural LTE Push
Sprint says 16 of the 30 companies who've agreed to participate in its Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program have launched their LTE networks. The Rural Roaming Preferred Provider program is similar to Verizon Wireless' LTE in Rural America initiative.
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