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Sprint To Launch 4G in 2007

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Aug 8, 2006, 12:47 PM   by (staff)

Sprint today announced they will roll out their 4G wireless broadband network beginning in the fourth quarter of 2007. Though it tested many options, the carrier chose to use the 802.16e mobile WiMax standard. They believe this choice will provide the carrier and subscribers with the maximum number of compatible devices at the lowest cost. Both Motorola and Samsung will partner with Sprint to provide dual-mode CDMA / WiMax devices and the two manufacturers in addition to Intel have all committed to providing WiMax devices and chipsets. After trials, Sprint believes it can offer users real world speeds of 2-4 Mbps download and speedy upload at a price competitive with wireline broadband. The carrier will use its existing cell sites and 2.5 GHz spectrum to eventually cover 80% of the population. The launch will begin in late 2007 in cities with highest demand for mobile broadband services and will later be expanded according to demand. As part of the merger approval, the FCC required Sprint Nextel to launch wireless broadband in 16 cities on its 2.5 GHz spectrum by 2009.

source: Sprint Nextel



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Aug 8, 2006, 1:15 PM

From Sprint-Nextel conference on 4G

Some notes During Presentation

Studied long and hard on which technology to do.

Selected mobile Wimax for 4g network.

First nationwide 4g mobile broadband network.

Use 2.5GHz holdings in portfolio

Fourth quarter of 2007 start to deploy in select markets. 100 million people targeted by 2008.

Use of a lot of devices such as laptops, camcorders and other electronic devices.

Capex ex= $1B in 2007 and $1.5-2B in 2008.

Single and multimode devices.

More than a dozen trials outside the USA.

Low cost high-speed network.

Down link 2.4mb/s. high performance uplink.

All IP technology; WIMAX.

Looked at Flarion’s OFDM. Only on 1.25mhz though. It is FDD Sprint has more of TDD...
Were you there Nextel18? I listened to the whole thing on the conference call. It was very interesting, makes me excited for some of the new products that will come as a result of the new technology. They were having some problems getting the people o...

Use of a lot of devices such as laptops, camcorders and other electronic devices.

nextel18 said:

Looked at Flarion’s OFDM. Only on 1.25mhz though. It is FDD Sprint has more of TDD. Didn’t fit needs.

So much for Flarion. I guess I win that argument.

Aug 8, 2006, 12:57 PM


Havingno special fav carrier I could care less bout everyone.Being on T-mobile right now.how embarassing for them. Sprint was a lil late to the evdo party versus vzw but There are pushingthe envolope right now. Cingular and T-mobile have not even got there feet wet yet I feel bad for the GSM strandard and people working behind the scene. But This will hopefully force some prices down if they can fully realize and capitlize on the market. Catching everyone off garud while they firgure how they themselves want to proceed is pretty sneaky. If vzw doesn't followsuit we will have one less cdma provider. This will be interesting I hope they do it Wimaxis interesting glad someone is pulling the trigger.
i wonder if this alters vzw time and choice when upg to 4G
If I'm reading that correctly you're saying this would put verizon under? I'm thinking no. They are pretty much here to stay especially since most people don't use their phones for data and things like that. Hell, most people with camera phones don...
verizon prolly already has been working on it... they just are being sneaky and not releasing information.... companies can do that you know
Ludio said:
If vzw doesn't followsuit we will have one less cdma provider.

You're drastically underestimating Verizon's prominence and resources.

Aug 9, 2006, 12:35 AM


It's nice when you have gobs of spectrum, huh? 😉
Yes, it is! It's smart for them to buy it all up.

Aug 8, 2006, 8:16 PM

2.5GHz AND 1900MHz or 2.5GHz only?

2.5GHz only = even worse building signal =(
is it the higher the mhz the worse penetration for some buildings
Well ideally yes, but with the MMDS spectrum it actually improves the coverage and in-door penetration.

Right now, there will be single devices with that MMDS spectrum, but later on going forward there will be dual CDMA/WIMAX devices. That CDMA wo...

Aug 8, 2006, 2:14 PM


hahah sprint PWNZ!!!!!
What the hell is pwnz?

Aug 8, 2006, 12:57 PM


😳 Spint is kicking some serious butt
Hopefully this will turn things around for them. Hard starting off in their position.

Aug 8, 2006, 1:44 PM

...and how long has 3G been deployed in the States for?

Jeez technology just keeps exponentially advancing.
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