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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.





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