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EarthLink, SK Telecom Team for New MVNO

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Top message:  so SK-EarthLink is gonna be another name in wireless? by janze4   Jan 26, 2005, 11:40 PM

Replying to:  Re: so SK-EarthLink is gonna be another name in wireless? by viper   Jan 27, 2005, 9:07 AM

Re: so SK-EarthLink is gonna be another name in wireless?

by Rich Brome (Moderator)    Jan 27, 2005, 10:13 AM

Yes, the uplink is the same speed with EV-DO as with 1xRTT, but I don't believe the uplink is shared the same as downlink with EV-DO. I think everyone gets a pretty consistent uplink speed until the whole cell gets close to max capacity. (Unlike download, where a few EV-DO users can half each others' data rates even on a lightly-loaded cell.)

But uplink is not really a bottleneck for most people. Typical Internet usage is more about downlink, and EV-DO has been designed to perform well (and it does) for typical scenarios.

The only common things where you need good uplink speed are things like VoIP and 2-way video conferencing. That's what EV-DO release A is all about. It boosts uplink considerably. Verizon and Sprint both have firm plans to move to release A as quickly as possible. I understand that it's mostly a software upgrade on the network side, so it should not be too difficult.

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