Sprint Finalizes EV-DO Contracts, Nears Launch
Dec 7, 2004, 11:29 AM by (staff)
Sprint today announced that it has finalized contracts totaling $3 billion for continued network expansion and upgrades over the next three years. The company awarded contracts to Lucent for $1.5 billion, Nortel for $1 billion, and Motorola for $450 million. $1 billion of the total amount will be spent on upgrades to CDMA 1xEV-DO technology, providing data rates 10 times faster than the current network. As announced in June, EV-DO upgrades are already underway. By the end of 2004 - in just a few weeks - the company will launch the technology in at least two markets. The initial offering will include only data cards for laptops. In 2005, the company will expand the service to most major markets, and launch EV-DO phones as well. The contracts announced today include options to upgrade to either EV-DO release A or EV-DV release D in the future.
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Of course they've covered very little of their area with EV-DO and they will not do the rest until next year so things could change but they've already announced the vendors so they seem pretty firm.
this is cool. We will soon seen HSDPA vs. EV-DO here in the US. That is real competition. If nextel goes flarion then we'll have even more, which will be yet better.
Does anyone know what kind of latencies people are getting with the current version of EV-DO? The release that sprint will deploy is supposed to have under 100 ms of latency, which is alot better than 1XRTT's 300 to 700 ms typical latencies. I don't know what EV-DO users are ...
When they are ready to bring something to market they usually offer it across the entire network simultaneously and then blindside the industry with a...