backtop


Print 18 comment(s) - last by ElFenix.. on Apr 4 at 1:04 PM

Sprint says Xohm delayed until the launch reaches its expectations

The long-term outlook for WiMax and Sprint is getting cloudier. The Dow Jones Newswire reports that Sprint has further delayed the rollout of its Xohm WiMax service. Originally, Sprit promised to launch Xohm this month and now Sprint spokesman James Fisher says the service will come later this year.

Rumors at CTIA suggest that the service will launch later in the summer, but no official confirmation of that rumor has come from Sprint. Sprint’s Xohm WiMax service appeared to be doomed from the start. What was once supposed to be a $5 billion investment in a nationwide WiMax network was cut back to a three city soft launch.

Fisher says that the soft launch of the Xohm service in the three test cities -- Chicago, Washington D.C., and Baltimore -- is going well. Fisher goes on to say, “We want to make sure the launch meets our expectation."

It’s no surprise that with the layoffs and falling margins Sprint is seeing that it would want to be sure the service gets the interest of consumers in the test markets.

Sprint was a virtual no show at CTIA with the only announcement being one new phone. Many show goers were expecting big announcements on the WiMax front. Nokia has to feel left out in the cold after announcing its new N810 WiMax at the show and now having virtually no U.S. network for the device to operate on.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is in talks with cable companies for additional funding for the Xohm rollout and is also said to be considering creating a separate company with Clearwire to peddle WiMax. The future for WiMax is only getting murkier as rival wireless companies back 4G technology called Long-Term Evolution.



Comments     Threshold


This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

By ElFenix on 4/3/2008 6:14:10 PM , Rating: 1
unfortunately they turned down the iphone.

iphone + 4g = full of win.

of course, 75% of the country just wants the most minutes for the least money, and sprint's expensive new network won't be able to beat t-mobile's 2g POS for that.




By HrilL on 4/3/2008 6:34:11 PM , Rating: 2
Wimax is not 4g. 4g is the next tech verizon and At&t is going to be using. I think their wimax effort is a lost cause. By the time they have it rolled out the other networks will have a faster network and sprint will be in another tight spot if can ever get out of the one they are in.

I don't think they were offered the iPhone as it uses the gsm network not CDMA like verizon and sprint are using. The rest of the world also uses gsm...


By Jman0009 on 4/3/2008 7:10:55 PM , Rating: 2
Wimax is 4G. Also Wimax has nothing to do with CDMA. It does not run on the CDMA network or use anything CDMA. It is a new technology and total new network.


By HrilL on 4/3/2008 8:50:44 PM , Rating: 2
Wimax is considered pre-4G Not 4G as of yet. It is one of the technologies being considered though.
check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4G

I know Wimax has nothing to do with CDMA and I never said it did. And I know Wimax is a new technology and new network...
What I was replying to was his iPhone comment. Which is true. The iPhone does not support CDMA the current technology Sprint is using for its network. the iphone uses the GSM network which is pretty much the world standard.


By kknd1967 on 4/4/2008 3:06:46 AM , Rating: 2
4G is for ITU IMT-ADV. No standard is finished for 4G at this point. But most likely, 4G will be based on some sort of OFDM that both WiMAX and LTE are using. thus, WiMAX and LTE (rel.8) can both be call pre-4G.


By ElFenix on 4/4/2008 1:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
i'm reasonably certain that the iphone was shopped to sprint and verizon. it wouldn't have been all that difficult to design the iphone with a cdma radio rather than a gsm radio.


Sprint WiMax == bad idea
By winterspan on 4/3/2008 9:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
Unfortunately I think Sprint's WiMax is going to be a disaster. It's too little to late, and it just won't compare to 700mhz LTE/HSPA+/HSOPA that will be rolled out in a couple of years. It's hardly even better than regular 3G.

Verizon already has EVDO Rev.A rolled out nationally with great coverage, and they are already in the testing phase with LTE.
AT&T is quickly getting their HSPA network rolled out to the rest of the top ~100 markets and should be in 250 cities in 2008. I'm sure it'll be quickly followed by LTE in another 2 years.




RE: Sprint WiMax == bad idea
By cocoviper on 4/3/2008 11:41:22 PM , Rating: 2
I guess I'm just having trouble understanding what you mean by "too little, too late."

Sprint has problems with customer service that we can all agree on- but when it comes to network performance, Sprint's current EVDO-A is bar none the fastest wireless data plan out there- so currently Sprint is faster than AT&T and Verizon (and T-Mobile's craptastic data plans).

Now it seems like you're saying it's too little to compete with LTE which I'll completely agree with, LTE is going to be pretty fast...BUT it's also far more experimental than WiMax and there won't be any substantial rollouts of LTE till the 2010-2011 timeframe. So how can deploying something 2 years sooner than LTE be too late? Unless you mean they are deploying WiMax too late relative to current data plans...but then they would be rolling out tech that's 5-8 times faster than the fastest (Sprint's EVDO A) current wireless data service.

So how is it both too little and too late?


RE: Sprint WiMax == bad idea
By kknd1967 on 4/4/2008 2:56:33 AM , Rating: 2
3G is a joke, both in business sense and performance aspect. CDMA in 3G will be a funny thing when apply to a true 100MHz consecutive band sprint has for WiMAX. If you think WiMAX is hardly better than 3G, please consider why LTE also choose OFDMA as their physical layer technology as WiMAX does.

It is actually 3G too little too late, after years of hypes. That is why LTE comes to resuce. And it is funny that in order to hide their 3G failure, they call this OFDM-based new tech "long term evolution".

True, current mobile WiMAX is not 4G. Neither is LTE. They are both designed for ITU IMT-2000. It is WiMAX-16m and LTE+(release 9 or 10) that are target for 4G IMT-Adv.

Just see how 3G world is afraid of WiMAX, I am sending this reply from 3GPP RAN meeting in Shenzhen China. In order to speed up the process and close LTE spec by this year to compete with IEEE 802.16e that WiMAX is based on, 3GPP doubled their number of meetings per year and cut out many features from LTE rel.8 :p


RE: Sprint WiMax == bad idea
By casteve on 4/4/2008 11:00:39 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah - this is closer to the mark.

3G basestations are power pigs and inefficient users of bandwidth. WiMAX brings OFDM for data transmission and is MUCH more efficient in terms of bits/MHz of channel BW used as well as power usage.

Stepping away from the mobile phone aspect..In the big picture, Sprint wants to be another ISP and WiMAX can be an alternative to DSL or Cable for a large footprint of the (non-torrent I need 100MSPS portion of the)US.


Baltimore??
By ninjit on 4/3/2008 5:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, as far as major test-market cities go, who in their right mind would pick Baltimore?




RE: Baltimore??
By RjBass on 4/3/2008 6:44:19 PM , Rating: 1
Thats a really good question. Sprint's global HQ is in Kansas City, along with their new multi million dollar Sprint Arena and the new Sprint sponsored entertainment district. We thought for sure we would be one of the test cities for the WiMax, but nope not us. For Sprint being so prominent in KC, you sure as hell can't get a good Sprint signal downtown. Sprint service in Downtown KC seriously sucks.


RE: Baltimore??
By Jman0009 on 4/3/2008 7:06:29 PM , Rating: 2
In the Sprint Network "BAWA" is the region. They are one and the same and make up one of there largest Sprint markets.


RE: Baltimore??
By AlexWade on 4/3/2008 10:44:50 PM , Rating: 2
Well, before the merger Nextel tried their 3G service in Raleigh. So go figure.


Sprint WiMax == bad idea
By winterspan on 4/3/2008 9:26:29 PM , Rating: 1
Unfortunately I think Sprint's WiMax is going to be a disaster. It's too little to late, and it just won't compare to 700mhz LTE/HSPA+/HSOPA that will be rolled out in a couple of years. It's hardly even better than regular 3G.

Verizon already has EVDO Rev.A rolled out nationally with great coverage, and they are already in the testing phase with LTE.
AT&T is quickly getting their HSPA network rolled out to the rest of the top ~100 markets and should be in 250 cities in 2008. I'm sure it'll be quickly followed by LTE in another 2 years.




RE: Sprint WiMax == bad idea
By kknd1967 on 4/4/2008 3:02:46 AM , Rating: 2
please note 700MHz is the carrier frequency, not the available bandwidth. 2.4~2.5GHz carrier freqency is always considered the best band for mobile broadband for big chunk of available consecutive bandwidth, and good balancing between coverage vs. interference.

You got to be kidding with "testing phase with LTE". LTE paper spec is not done yet. No commercial products are available. The best Verizon can do now is just matlab simulation. And in telecom world, it is not "testing".


Brand Name
By VahnTitrio on 4/3/2008 5:17:38 PM , Rating: 2
Sometimes I wonder how marketing people come up with them. It's like the warning sign in our lab area "Danger! 50,000 OHMS!". The sad thing is it actually keeps the janitors out.




Baltimore
By Jman0009 on 4/3/2008 6:59:10 PM , Rating: 2
For those geographically challenged readers who question the logic of Baltimore as a test city it is because its in the "BAWA" region of the Sprint network. This region has become one big over congested corridor.




"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton

Related Articles













botimage
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki