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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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WiMAX Forum Weighs-In
By STabesh on 11/5/2009 4:00:16 PM , Rating: 3
I’m Scenna Tabesh, Director of Marketing Communications at the WiMAX Forum. I wanted to address a few of the points presented in your blog and offer an alternative perspective on your note that “The outlook for WiMAX remains murky…”

There's no doubt that WiMAX is the first 4G technology available today, serving millions of customers worldwide. Meantime, WiMAX is also a game changer for open and flexible business models and services. We are seeing new usage models emerge, as WiMAX users are consuming data with a frequency and on a scale never seen with any other mobile technology. For example, users on Yota’s Mobile WiMAX network in Russia on average are consuming 10 Gig/month vs. 5 Gig/month caps on 3G in the US with overage charges. The old counting minutes and counting megabits model is not suitable to mass market consumer adoption. What is needed is 4G capacity and enabling consumer friendly use models. In order to compete for market share, service providers must adopt the open Internet model allowing consumers to experience the Internet the way they want. The WiMAX Forum today tracks at least 518 commercial deployments in 146 countries. Many of the already established WiMAX networks continue to expand rapidly. Examples include Yota, which reached 200,000 subscribers on its Russian network in October, and Packet One Networks in Malaysia with 80,000+ subscribers. UQ Communications plans to cover more than half of the Japanese population by the end of December, and KT’s Mobile WiMAX network already covers more than half of the Korean population. And in addition to Sprint in the U.S., Clear, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Open Range Communications, and Digital Bridge Communications all have also made strides in expanding their networks this year, with many more U.S. city launches set to come in the short term.

Finally, the aggressive ramp of WiMAX is also driving the evolution of the mobile Internet, which is good for all of us. If anyone wants to continue this conversation please visit us our interactive site for 4G conversation at www.WiMAXTimes.com.




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