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
good on the promise Sprint made in March to enable the cities in
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
quote: Technologies considered to be early 4G include: Flash-OFDM, the 802.16e mobile version of WiMax (also known as WiBro in South Korea), and HC-SDMA (see iBurst). 3GPP Long Term Evolution may reach the market 1–2 years after Mobile WiMax is released.