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Sprint Testing Alternate Wireless Broadband Technology

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Sep 15, 2005, 2:05 PM   by (staff)

Samsung today announced that Sprint Nextel will conduct trials using their WiBro gear. WiBro (Wireless Broadband) is a high speed wireless data standard developed in South Korea. It is capable of data speeds up to 1 Mbps, which is faster than many DSL connections, even when the subscriber is moving at speeds up to 50 mph. Though developed in Korea, WiBro is based on the international WiMax technology and will be fully compatible with the WiMax standards. Sprint Nextel have been considering a number of high speed wireless options including WiMax and Flash OFDM in addition to WiBro.

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Sep 15, 2005, 6:33 PM

WiBro Is WiMAX

Wibro is based on an early draft of 802.16e. the intention has always been to unify the two.

The important difference is that wibro might end up being an option within 802.16e, an advanced option. Also relevant is that samsung is ahead of the rest of the 802.16e pact but they are still probably behind FLASH-OFDM.

Sprint is going to try everything, and they will play samsung, motorola and qualcomm (who now owns flarion/flash-ofdm) against each other.
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