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Sprint launches WiMAX in DFW, Chicago, and three N.C. markets

Sprint is now rolling out its WiMAX service to even more cities. For the time being, the mobile provider is sticking to major markets and it has announced the addition of five new markets this week.

Sprint has added WiMAX service in Chicago, Dallas-Fort Worth, and in three North Carolina markets as of November 2. The outlook for WiMAX remains murky with its only benefit over LTE technology  -- that every other mobile provider except Sprint and its partner Clearwire bet on -- being that the technology is available now.

WiMAX will beat LTE to market, but the limited availability of WiMAX is still hurting the service. The North Carolina markets now with WiMAX access include Charlotte, Greensboro, and Raleigh. The addition of these five new markets makes good on the promise Sprint made in March to enable the cities in 2009.

Sprint still plans to add more WiMAX installations this year with service coming to San Antonio and Austin, Texas later this month. WiMAX will come to Honolulu and Maui as well as Salem, Oregon and Seattle this year. Sprint still plans to launch more WiMAX areas next year as well with Boston, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. coming online in 2010.

Sprint VP of 4G services Todd Rowley said in a statement, "Sprint continues to lead the charge in rolling out wireless 4G in cities across America and the momentum continues to build. Our aggressive expansion of Sprint 4G will include many new devices and capabilities that create increased performance and productivity while enhancing personal lifestyles on the go."

Rowley said back in March, "Sprint continues to lead the wireless industry by harnessing the power of WiMAX. The availability of Sprint 4G in more places this year and our aggressive expansion of Sprint 4G service demonstrates our commitment to provide 4G capabilities and devices nationwide for our business, consumer and government customers. These capabilities enable significantly enhanced performance and productivity for our customers."

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Sorry Sprint Wimax is a dead end.
By namechamps on 11/3/2009 10:40:11 AM , Rating: 2
When the entire world (ever telecom, every handset provider, ever infrastructure player) except Sprint is backing LTE and Sprint is backing Wimax it is over.

Sprint will dump $2B - $3B worth of shareholder value into this deadend get passed by LTE in 3-4 years then rip it all down and join everyone else.

Economies of scale in things like handsets and radios will doom Wimax to higher cost even if nothing else does.

By aapocketz on 11/3/2009 1:17:14 PM , Rating: 2
I thought they were shutting it down in baltimore? Or it was only available to previous subscribers? Shame because it seemed to work really well and was pretty affordable.

By dardas on 11/3/2009 8:11:17 PM , Rating: 3
You are ofcourse unaware that LTE shares most of the hardware with Wimax, making your entire point invalid.
the only reason most companies don't upgrade to wimax now and lte later, is that they can happily milk customers for "broadband" 21mbps HSDPA (shared with every user on the cell, and dependent on the LOWEST quality signal) without having to bear any financial cost right now.

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