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Sprint Invests In Wireless Broadband / Mobile TV Technology

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Jan 18, 2006, 4:17 PM   by (staff)

Sprint Nextel today announced it will invest an additional $10 million dollars in IPWireless, a company developing equipment for a high speed wireless data standard called UMTS TD-CDMA. This standard will be in competition for next generation wireless data networks with WiMax and others that Sprint has also invested in and trialed. After a $4 million investment this summer, Sprint is currently in trials with IPWireless's technology in Washington DC on its 2.5 GHz spectrum there. IPWireless intends to offer services including a mobile TV solution, in addition to high speed wireless data. Sprint will also trial this new service, called TDtv, which IPWireless intends to roll out in Japan and Europe as well.

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Jan 18, 2006, 5:59 PM

WiMax, Flarion, UMTS TD-CDMA...

I think Sprint is trialing all of the above. Last I heard they were still a member of the WiMax forum. Of course they're tight w/QCOM. I beleive Nextel trialed Flarion (in N.C.) prior the merger and QCOM's acquistion of Flarion.

Looks like Sprint is trying to keep bets on most all horses in the 4G race.
Much will depend on what the protectionist EU wants to do. I doubt anyone wants the whole UMTS/CDMA fight to repeat itself in 4g. According to a Wireless Week article last year they are contemplating Flarion's technology as a viable 4g alternative. Si...

Jan 18, 2006, 5:30 PM

It's a fistfight for 4g!

All these platforms are leaving me dizzy.
ME2! So many acronyms to keep straight lol. Hopefully it turns out to be one clean winner. I don't want a repeat of the beta vs VHS days in the world of Wireless! We alreadymight have one of those on our hands with blu ray vs hd dvd!
muchdrama said:
It's a fistfight for 4g!

Yes indeed and in contrast to what the wimax camp wants you to believe.

IP Wireless has had numerous commercial networks since 2002 i believe. They are all pretty much fo...
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