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Three major U.S. cites to get Xohm this Spring

Many ardent mobile phone and laptop users are still waiting for high-speed wireless connections to come to their cities. Many are left utilizing mobile data plans that are on par with dial up connections from the early 1990’s rather than being comparable to today’s broadband speeds.

PC World reports that Sprint’s oft-delayed WiMAX service dubbed Xohm has a soft launch coming soon. According to WiMAX Forum president and CEO Ron Resnick, WiMAX products are here and WiMAX is here. That statement will sound hollow to those looking forward to WiMAX in the United States.

While there have been 260 commercial deployments of WiMAX in 110 countries according to Resnick, the service has yet to see wide availability in America, and it could be a while yet before that happens.

Ali Tabassi, Sprint’s VP for technology development, says that a soft launch of the Xohm service will happen this spring in Baltimore, Chicago, and Washington D.C. Tabassi points out, however, that the budget for rolling the service out to the majority of Sprint customers is not yet finalized.

The cost of setting up a national WiMAX network from Sprint is reported to be $5 billion and if Sprint is willing and able to part with that amount of money is a decision Sprint CEO Dan Hesse has yet to make. $5 billion is a huge chunk of change in anyone’s book and more so when Sprint is cutting back on staff to cut costs as it loses customers to rivals.

The promise Sprint’s Xohm service makes is tantalizing with WiMAX Forum members claiming download speeds in the area of three to five megabits per second and upload speeds of one to one and a half megabits per second.

The only thing known now aside from the soft launch in the three major U.S. cities is that Sprint acknowledges it will not hit the 100 million subscriber mark for its Xohm service in 2008 it had aimed for.



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RE: Unusual Usage
By teldar on 2/14/2008 3:34:16 PM , Rating: 2
Very good point Sahrin. I have to say I don't really understand how some of the businesses out there see the marketplace the way it is here. I think part of the problem is that all the companies want to do everything their way and so they either try to do everything (poorly, expensively and with poor support) or they just try to overcharge for the services they do offer.

What would be nice would be some regulation that requires cross use of wired assets and wireless spectrum at cost for various providers. I would think everyone would benefit. Prices would drop, multiple companies could get in on the action and make some profit, and the actual owner of the the medium would make increased money and be able to improve infrastructure at will.....

What we have instead areGreedy Bastards on personal power trips.(don't know if I can say that)

T


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