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Sprint's Xohm WiMAX to go live in September

updated 04:10 pm EDT, Wed June 18, 2008

Xohm Live in September

Sprint's long-delayed full rollout of its Xohm WiMAX Internet service should start in September, company chief technical officer Barry West said Wednesday at the WiMAX Forum's Global Congress event. The executive now claims that the 4G-class wireless network will start its normal, paid business in September with a first run in Baltimore; Chicago and Washington DC, which have also participated in early trials, will see their networks opened to the public sometime in the fall. Other cities should come soon after, West says.

The launch devices should still include much of what has been promised earlier in the year, such as Nokia's N810 WiMAX Edition, notebooks based on Intel's Centrino 2 platform with the appropriate hardware, as well as more conventional adapters that include a ZyXEL router for desktops, a Sierra Wireless AirCard for notebooks, and a ZTE-made USB adapter.

The delays beyond the originally planned April launch have revolved around improving speeds for Xohm's backbone, West says. WiMAX over Xohm typically provides between 2Mbps and 4Mbps in real-world conditions and thus puts much more stress on Sprint's network than its 3G cellular access, which often tops out at 1.4Mbps.

A more definite release date puts Sprint's service ahead of planned 4G offerings from AT&T and Verizon. The two plan to introduce faster Internet access based on the potentially more widespread Long Term Evolution (LTE) format but don't plan on launching commercial service until 2010, when Sprint hopes to cover as many as 140 million Americans with Xohm.




by MacNN Staff

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  1. nickgold2012

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    whatever happened to...

    50 Mbit down, which is what I thought WiMax was capable of? How is 2-3Mbit considered 4G? That is total c***. I have a Sprint EV-DO card, and benched over 2Mbit down in Columbia, MD the other day (using Speakeasy's speed test and the DC server). Why would I bother moving up to WiMax? I'd rather wait a few years for LTE, or better yet, just wait for AT&T to ramp up to higher-speed HSDPA/HSUPA, which will inevitably come in the next year.

    I feel kind of bad for Sprint... Oh well. Even the mighty fall, I guess.

  1. nickgold2012

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    whatever happened to...

    50 Mbit down, which is what I thought WiMax was capable of? How is 2-3Mbit considered 4G? That is total c***. I have a Sprint EV-DO card, and benched over 2Mbit down in Columbia, MD the other day (using Speakeasy's speed test and the DC server). Why would I bother moving up to WiMax? I'd rather wait a few years for LTE, or better yet, just wait for AT&T to ramp up to higher-speed HSDPA/HSUPA, which will inevitably come in the next year.

    I feel kind of bad for Sprint... Oh well. Even the mighty fall, I guess.

  1. nickgold2012

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    sorry

    for the double post... man this board kind of sucks...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    re:wimax

    It may have failed in australia for lots of reasons, from implementation to bad management to old technology to bad technology to the fact it just won't work.

    Remember, this effort has Sprint behind it! So you know it's going to be good!

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